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Biochemistry BS - Academic Experience

(HEGIS: 04.14 BIOCHEMISTRY, CIP: 26.0202 Biochemistry)

Department of Biochemistry

955 Main Street, Suite 4102
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Buffalo, NY 14203

Mark R. O'Brian

Alfred S. Ponticelli
Director of Undergraduate Education

Associated Subjects

Experiential Learning

The Biochemistry program requires students to complete eight credit hours of research over the course of three semesters in an active research laboratory. By working on an independent project as part of a research team with faculty, graduate students, technical staff and postdoctoral fellows, students develop strong research-based analytical and problem-solving skills. As part of this research experience the student is required to present a poster describing their research, usually performed at the end of their senior year during the annual Biochemistry Research Day each spring.

Independent study opportunities are available with permission of an instructor.

Extracurricular Activities

Majors frequently belong to the Pre-Professional Health Student Club and the Undergraduate Biology Association.

Students are encouraged to attend our weekly seminar series and are required to participate in the annual departmental Research Day, which showcases current research activity in the department. See the UB Student Association webpage

Honors and Awards

  • The John F. Moran Memorial Award is presented to the student with the highest grade in BCH 403 Biochemical Principles.
  • The Deborah, Christopher, and Adam White Memorial Award is presented to the outstanding graduating senior who has maintained a high level of academic performance throughout their undergraduate career, and who has been accepted into medical school.
  • The American Chemical Society Outstanding Senior Award is presented to an outstanding graduating senior with 3.500 GPA and a strong background in Chemistry.
  • The Outstanding Biochemistry Senior Award is presented to the most overall outstanding graduating senior who has maintained a high level of academic performance throughout their undergraduate career, while active in volunteer and university activities.

Departmental Honors

To receive Departmental Honors students must have the appropriate overall GPA pursuant to UB Latin Honor’s Policy: 3.200 HONORS; 3.500 HIGH HONORS; 3.750 HIGHEST HONORS. Students must also prepare a research paper on their BCH 498 research project. The paper should be written in the format of a research article consisting of an Abstract (one page maximum); Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion (minimum 5 pages, double spaced); Data - Figures with Figure Legend and/or Tables; and a Reference Section with a minimum of 5 papers with authors, year, article title, journal, volume and inclusive page numbers. The honors paper is due no later than 3 days after the end of the examination period.

Published: Jan 25, 2023 07:58:36