New Biochemistry Degree Now Offered at CBU

Memphis–Christian Brothers University (CBU) is pleased to announce that beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year, students will be able to enroll in the new Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry program.  This degree provides students with a strong preparation for both the workplace and professional schools, including medical or pharmacy school. The program places emphasis on the development of a wide range of laboratory skills that are needed in todayÕs biomedical laboratories, whether they are found in industry or academia.

Students who complete the degree will be able to enter the research workplace with a unique preparation that enables them to work on both the biological or more chemical aspects of a project. Because today’s research and development teams rely heavily upon an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, the program will strive to show interrelationships between disciplines and how techniques as diverse as mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, polymerase chain reaction, and western blotting may be employed to solve complex problems.

In addition to this new biochemistry degree, CBU has added a biochemistry concentration to its current chemistry degree.  This concentration provides students with a strong background for those interested in going to medical school or graduate school in biochemistry.  The concentration gives the student an extensive background in inorganic and physical chemistry as well as mathematics that is often preferred by graduate programs in biochemistry.

CBU implemented this new degree and concentration in response to the need for a trained workforce in the biosciences in the Memphis area.  The University has already begun working with area employers and foundations to establish additional internships or mentored research possibilities for students in both the degree program and the concentration.

CBU is currently taking applications for this fall.  For information about the new biochemistry degree or the concentration in the chemistry degree, contact Dr. Dennis Merat, Chair of the Chemistry Department at, (901) 321-4201 or visit   For application information, contact the Office of Admissions at (901) 321-3205.  ###

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