Your ProgramSalem offers a B.S. in biochemistry. By majoring in biochemistry you will learn the basic chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics that will help you understand and solve problems in the areas of health, environment, forensics, and food safety at the molecular level.
Your faculty in biochemistry hold doctorates and are well trained in the fields of biochemistry, chemistry and/or biology. Salem's small class size means that you will receive individual attention and hands-on experience from our faculty.
The field of biochemistry prepares you for a wide array of careers. Biochemists are employed in government, industry, education, medicine, and by private institutions. The program of study also prepares you for professional school in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, chiropractic, optometry, and veterinary fields.
Chemistry Major (B.A.)
The bachelor of arts degree in chemistry provides the student with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry. The degree is designed to provide the student with flexibility to combine her interests in chemistry with interests in other areas. The major requires the completion of eight courses.
Chemistry Major (B.S.)
The bachelor of science degree in chemistry prepares a student for a career in chemistry or a related field.
The minor in chemistry requires completion of five courses.
Biochemistry Courses (BCHM)Each course lists the number of lectures and laboratories per week.
305. Biochemistry I One course
Modern biochemistry with emphasis on the structure, chemical properties and metabolism of biologically important molecules. Three lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 202 and BIOL 100, or permission of the instructor. Fall.
306. Biochemistry II One course
This course is the continuation of CHEM 305 with the goal of using physics, chemistry and biology to gain a better understanding of the life sciences at molecular levels. Topics to be covered are bioenergetics and intermediary metabolism, DNA, RNA, protein synthesis. Three lectures. Prerequisites: CHEM 305. Spring.
307. Biochemistry Lab One-half course
This course covers the most common experimental techniques used in biochemistry. It includes protein extraction, purification, enzyme kinetics and DNA analysis. The tools and techniques introduced in the lab include centrifugation, various liquid chromatography, and electrophoresis, and UV spectroscopy. Prerequisite: BCHM305.
390. Senior Seminar One-half course
Discussion of special topics in biochemistry with special emphasis on current research culminating in a research paper and oral presentation. Cross-listed with CHEM 390.
Where are you from?I came from a beautiful town in the southwestern mountain area in China.
What brought you to Salem/what were your reasons for choosing to teach at Salem?The beautiful campus and the rich history of Salem College attract me. Teaching biochemistry, instrumental analysis, physical chemistry and physics perfectly fits my training and scientific interests.
What kinds of global experiences, if any, have you had?I was born and raised in China. I attended Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada to study nanotechnology. While there I developed an interest in biochemistry. I wanted to study the application of nanomaterial in drug delivery. Subsequently, I moved to Florida Atlantic University in Florida to study biochemistry and biophysics.
What are your areas of special interest within your discipline / research interests?My areas of special interest are in the fields of biochemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, biophysics, and molecular modeling.
What is your favorite course to teach?Biochemistry, physical method laboratory and physics
What kind of interaction/involvement do you have with your students (advising, mentoring, undergraduate research, internships, job placement, advisor to clubs/organizations)?What I love most about my job is the daily interaction with students. I have advised undergraduate research since I joined Salem College. I help students to identify their study interests and their career goals.
What kind of advice would you give to a student thinking about entering your discipline?Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary science, which requires you to acquire broad knowledge in all the branches of science. You need to always be ready to learn and happily take challenges. It requires you to think critically and be passionate about finding out how living systems work at a molecular level.
What do you see as the strengths of a women's college?Self-confidence is cultivated in young women by a women’s college. They are very motivated to learn and focus on fulfilling their dreams.
What are the benefits for the students if they choose a major in your department at Salem?Biochemistry equips you with the basic knowledge required by healthcare professionals and life science researchers. It unites chemistry and biology to study live systems. It has applications in medicine, nutrition, forensic science, and agriculture. It helps us understand diseases and find cures for the diseases. It opens up opportunities for different careers such as healthcare, forensic science, and pharmaceutical industries. In addition, understanding biochemistry is essential for informed decision making in health and public policy.
Do you have a favorite inspirational quote? Or perhaps a person who has inspired you?A truly wise person will not be carried away by any of the eight winds: prosperity, decline, disgrace, honor, praise, censure, suffering, pleasure. -Nichiren
Tell us about one or two favorite books or movies that you would recommend to students.Forrest Gump
What do you do for fun when you aren't working?I enjoy playing with kids, reading or watching movies.
Favorite place at Salem:May Dell
Students seeking teacher licensure in chemistry (grades 9-12) are required to complete a major in chemistry including CHEM 305, BIOL 010 or 100, PHYS 210, 220 and MATH 100. Professional education requirements are listed under the education department.