Biochemistry seeks to understand life at the level of molecules and their chemistry. Living processes are studied in terms of the chemical reactions that occur, the structure and conformational changes of molecules, and the binding interactions between molecules.
What do biochemists do?
Biochemists follow careers in:
Pharmaceutical industry (drug discovery)
Basic Research (academic & government labs)
Agriculture (plant and pesticide development)
Food production and technology
Biochemistry asks questions such as:
Medicine (medical school)
Department of Physical Sciences Kutztown University
P.O. Box 730
Kutztown, PA 19530
Phone: (610) 683- 4447
The Biochemistry Program at Kutztown University is administered through the Chemistry Program in the Dept. of Physical Sciences. A B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Biochemistry are both offered. In addition to coursework, students are encouraged to participate in research projects. This research can count as course credit (independent study) towards the Biochemistry major.
The core courses in Biochemistry include:
Coursework and research in the Biochemistry utilizes facilities in both the Chemistry and Biology programs. The Physical Sciences (Chemistry) and Biology Departments are housed together in the new Boehm Science Center building.
The modern facilities include thermocycler for PCR (polymerase chain reaction), BioTek microplate reader (absorbance, fluorescence, & luminescence), micro and large capacity centrifuges, electrophoresis apparatus for proteins and DNA, Kodak digital gel imaging system, Cary UV-visible spectrophotometer, PTI spectrofluorimeter, Agilent HPLC, Bio-Rad Gene Pulser, and integrated chromatography systems for protein purification.
Dr. Matthew Junker
Department of Physical Sciences
314 Boehm Science Center
Phone: (610) 683-4199
Principles of Biology
General Chemistry I &
Organic Chemistry I & II
Biochemistry I & II
More specialized courses in Biochemistry can include:
Physical Chemistry II
Specific course requirements and example degree plans: