About the Program

You will be a sought-after candidate for scientific careers or graduate programs, thanks to professional research experience, and close faculty mentorship.

This active and collaborative program will prepare you for what’s next. You start collecting chemical knowledge and skills through core courses and shadowing faculty and upper-level student researchers.  As a sophomore, you will start helping with authentic, real-world research projects – experience many biochemistry students don’t get until graduate programs. This is possible thanks to the individual attention you get in our small classes and our well-equipped research laboratories.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Small classes with one-on-one faculty guidance
  • Intensive, real-world research experience
  • Unique, faculty-designed experiments
  • Experience presenting before scientific community
  • Access to top internships, nationwide
  • Preparation for graduate school or careers in the non-profit, industrial, governmental, or medical realms.

You will engage in real-world learning and research experiences that teach you to think critically, scientifically and innovatively.  You will be guided through semester-long research projects, rather than “cookbook” experiments, thoughtfully conceived by faculty members who are experts in the biochemical sciences.

Your evolution as a researcher culminates your senior year, with a year-long exploration into a pressing scientific issue that encapsulates the scientific process – and a final presentation at a scientific conference, where you get valuable feedback from peers and professionals in the scientific community. 

In our rigorous program, our faculty will help you become a sought-after candidate for whatever plans you may have. PhilaU alumni work in top-ranked pharmaceutical companies, medical and biotechnical fields, continue education in top graduate programs, and become published and patent-receiving researchers.  As a PhilaU biochemistry graduate, any career in the biochemical field is right at your fingertips.