Learning Goals for the Biochemistry Major


  • Analyze biological systems through the lens of the three unifying themes defined by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB):
    • Energy is required and transformed
    • Macromolecular structure determines function and regulation
    • Information storage and flow are dynamic and interactive
  • Formulate biochemical hypotheses and test them utilizing well-designed experiments, critical evaluation of data, and appropriate statistical analyses.
  • Safely use appropriate instrumentation, laboratory techniques, and computational methods to solve a given problem
  • Apply, develop, and critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative models
  • Synthesize biological, chemical, physical, and mathematical knowledge to solve problems at the interfaces between these disciplines
  • Communicate sophisticated biochemical concepts to technical and general audiences orally and in writing
  • Retrieve, examine, analyze, interpret, and critique the primary biochemical literature
  • Work effectively as a member and leader of diverse groups to solve scientific problems
  • Articulate the centrality of biochemistry in addressing societal issues, evaluate ethical and public policy issues of biochemical significance, and engage in respectful discourse
  • Practice high standards of professional conduct, including data integrity, proper attribution of work, and reproducibility