Biochemistry degrees now offered

The Colorado Department of Higher Education approved UCCS to offer Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry Aug. 6.

Beginning this fall, students will be able to select the degree as a course of study and replace a biochemistry option within the bachelor’s degree in chemistry, according to Tom Christensen, dean, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

“This degree responds to a developing national trend toward a stand-alone major in biochemistry,” Christensen said. “There is also demand from students in our current biochemistry option in chemistry and from students working on double majors in biology and chemistry.”

Christensen said he believes the new degree will assist UCCS in recruiting and retaining students and also allow them to be placed in high-demand biochemistry jobs following graduation. The new degree has been in the plans for several years and was supported by both chemistry and biology faculty. A biochemistry lab was included in the renovation of Centennial Hall.

Offering both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees provides student flexibility without additional costs, Christensen said.

With the approval of the degree, the Chemistry Department will now be renamed as the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

UCCS now offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s degrees and five doctoral degrees.

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