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Transcript of Biochemistry
(and why biochemistry is so important!)
How to Pursue a Career in Biochemistry
Examples of Math
Efficiency in photosynthesis for
more crop yields
for polluted soils
Production of biofuels
of ecosystems to monitor
biological captures of
Efforts to find a
sustainable means of living
Thursday, May 22nd
What is Biochemistry?
Link to Mathematics
Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes that occur in living materials.
* Introductory Biology (BI 200-202)
* General Chemistry (CH 109-110 or CH 117 and CH 118) with laboratory
* Calculus (MT 100-101)
Second Year (Fall)
* Physics (PH 211) with laboratory
* Organic Chemistry (CH 231 or CH 241) with laboratory
* Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (BI 304)
* Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory I (BI 310)
Second Year (Spring)
* Physics (PH 212) with Laboratory
* Organic Chemistry (CH 232 or CH 242) with laboratory
* Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (BI 305)
* Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory II (BI 311)
Third Year (Fall)
* Biological Chemistry (BI 435) or Biochemistry I (CH 561)
* Analytical Chemistry (CH 351)
Third Year (Spring)
* Molecular Biology (BI 440) or Biochemistry II (CH 562)
* Physical Chemistry (CH 473)
* Biochemistry Laboratory (BI 480 or CH 563)
* Two advanced electives
Undergraduate Sample Schedule
Worldwide growing understanding of health issues:
National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Institutes of Health
Department of Energy
Environmental Protection Agency
Food and Drug Administration
Biochemistry in Careers
Importance of Biochemistry
Required laboratory courses
Internships with prospective employers in pharmacuetical and medicine manufacturers
Working for university laboratories
Conduct laboratory research
Temporary postdoctoral research positions
Median Pay 2012: $81,480 per year ("How to Become a Biochemist").
Bachelor's degree: $30,000 to $40,000
Master's or PhD degree: $45,000 to $65,000 (“Biochemistry Undergraduate General Info”).
Biochemists may deal with the following on a daily basis:
Biotechnology and bioinformatics
Cell biology and signaling
Development and disease
Energy and metabolism
1. "Biochemistry Major Degree Requirements." Biochemistry Major Degree Requirements. Boston College, n.d. Web. 9 May 2014. <http://www.bc.edu/schools/cas/chemistry/undergrad/biochem.html>.
2. "Biochemistry Undergraduate General Info." home. The Ohio State University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, n.d. Web. 9 May 2014. <https://chemistry.osu.edu/undergraduate/biochemistry/general_information>.
3. "Career Planning." Career Planning. Boston College, n.d. Web. 12 May 2014. <http://www.bc.edu/schools/cas/chemistry/undergrad/career.html>.
4. "How to Become a Biochemist or Biophysicist." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 19 May 2014. <http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/biochemists-and-biophysicists.htm#tab-4>.
5. "Logarithms." Concepts in Biochemistry. John Wiley & Sons Publishers, Inc., 1 Jan. 2012. Web. 21 May 2014. <http://www.wiley.com/college/boyer/0470003790/reviews/logs/logs_intro.htm>.
6. "What is biochemistry?." Biochemical Society. Biochemical Society, n.d. Web. 9 May 2014. <http://www.biochemistry.org/?TabId=456>.
7. "What Is Biochemistry?." Department of Biochemistry. The University of British Columbia, n.d. Web. 14 May 2014. <http://www.biochem.ubc.ca/undergraduate/what-is-biochemistry/>.
Examples of Work Biochemists Do:
In biochemistry, logarithms play an important part in the more mathematical subject areas such as:
acid and base equilibria
Logarithms are not only useful in making large differences in numbers more manageable, but also when one is trying to understand relationships or make predictions on graphs, such as cell growth patterns.
A biochemist needs to make quantitative predictions of this particular cell growth.
However, this exponential curve is not ideal for accurate data prediction.
Luckily, exponents and exponential trends are easily simplified by applying logarithms.
For this particular experiment, the biochemist has to extrapolate both to day 6 and how many cells could have been at day "-1".
As a result, the graph on the right is produced. The biochemist now extends the line trend and is able to predict the cell growth values for day "-1" and 6.
of population as her
time in days
, she can create a
The y-axis is now in logarithmic form, so for the first data point, 4 represents 10,000 cells/mL because log [10,000] = 4.
Academic Institutions (professor at university)
Law enforcement relies on biochemistry-based forensics for
evidence for investigations
Digital Media Cited
. Biochemistry: The molecular basis of life.
biologyR120. “Fermentation.” Video.
. Youtube, 25 Sep 2008. Web. 5 May 2014.
. Biochemical processes in living things and living systems.
. Introduction to Biochemistry.
. Picture of test tubes.
Manage laboratory teams
and monitor the quality of their work
Isolate, analyze, and synthesize
proteins, enzymes, DNA
, and other molecules
Research the effects of substances, such as
drugs, hormones, and food
on tissues and biological processes
Prepare technical reports, research papers, and recommendations based on their research