Biochemistry is using chemical techniques and practices to understand biological systems. Being a biochemist requires extensive training in both biology and chemistry. Students who study biochemistry are in demand in biomedical research, the pharmaceutical industry, and medicine.
The best way to learn about our program is to come to visit. We would schedule a visit for you where you would meet with faculty and students, and learn about Biochemistry at Villanova. Current Villanova students interested in the Biochemistry program should contact either program co-director, Dr. Janice Knepper or Dr. Jennifer Palenchar.
Absolutely! Let us know when you would like to visit us, and we can suggest one or more chemistry or biology classes that would give you an idea of what to expect if you would come here as a student.
All financial aid awards are made through the University Financial Aid office. The Biochemistry Program does not have any funding for financial aid, and is not involved in financial aid decisions.
We can usually provide syllabi for specific courses. The best way to get this is to contact the Program directors by electronic mail; we will send your syllabus as a PDF file.
The Biochemistry courses offered by the Chemistry Department are:
Since the lecture and laboratory components of our courses complement each other, we strongly recommend that you take the lecture and lab components at the same time. We can make exceptions to this depending upon the circumstances, but this requires the approval of the Department Chair or Assistant Chair. Contact the Chemistry Office if you have any questions or would like to seek approval to take one part of the course without the other.
We offer the survey Biochemistry course, CHM 4611 - Survey of Biochemistry . The accompanying laboratory course is not available in the summer. For a complete list of summer offerings, check the Summer program website at http://www.parttime.villanova.edu/
You may take only courses for which you have the appropriate prerequisites, or obtain the permission of the instructor. We envision most students taking BIO 4205 - Cell Biology , or BIO 3595 - General Microbiology .
Advanced placement credit in the Arts and Social Sciences are accepted, with students receiving the appropriate credit as free elective credit. Students should refer to the Enchiridion for specific information regarding acceptable AP scores and the resulting course credit. Students receiving an AP score of 4 or 5 in either Calculus A or Calculus B/C are given course credit for Calculus I and II (MAT 1500 and MAT 1505) and need not take these courses to fulfill the Biochemistry majors. Students will have to complete one additional MAT course to fulfill core requirements. Students receiving an AP score of 4 or 5 on the Biology exam receive credit for Biology I and II (BIO 2105 and 2106) and will be placed into upper level biology courses. Students receiving an AP score of 4 or 5 on the Chemistry exam will receive credit for General Chemistry I and II (CHM 1151/03 and 1152/04) and will be placed into upper level Chemistry courses. Students receiving an AP score of 4 or 5 on the Physics exam will receive credit for Physics I and II (PHY 1100/1101 and PHY 1102/1103) and need not take additional Physics courses at Villanova.