Why Study Biochemistry at New College

New College’s Biochemistry AOC is an interdisciplinary program designed to let you explore the interface between all four areas of the natural sciences, especially chemistry and biology. While the classes and labs are quite challenging, you’ll take them in a flexible, non-competitive environment with guidance from faculty members who have earned doctorates from some of the nation’s premier research institutions, including University of Wisconsin, MIT, Berkeley, Cornell, University of Arizona and Florida State University.

Biochemistry Area of Concentration

Like our Chemistry program at New College, our Biochemistry AOC encourages and develops independence, scientific judgment and a high level of performance. As a Biochemistry student, you will work closely with faculty trained at leading universities and conducting engaging and relevant research. With their guidance, you will develop the skills needed for scientific research in academia and industry.

Our Biochemistry and Chemistry students also have a long tradition of being awarded prestigious undergraduate research grants. In the past five years, nine New College students have received highly prized National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grants for the summer. The programs are sponsored by the National Science Foundation and are hosted in various universities. They are among the most prestigious summer programs in which an undergraduate can participate.

And you can expect your professors to provide the counseling and recommendations you need as you move on from New College, either to the high-level graduate programs our students consistently attain or to a career in industry, medicine, or other professional fields.

What You’ll Learn:

As a student in Biochemistry, you will complete three independent study projects, two in any subject and one in Chemistry or Biochemistry, and a Biochemistry senior thesis, a project in which you will do graduate-level work. You will receive extensive mentoring from faculty members, from formulating your project to performing bench work in the laboratory to examining the results.

You will also work with state-of-the-art, research-grade instruments, including our real-time PCR instrument, fluorimeter, UV-visible spectrophotometers, electrophoresis equipment, visible and fluorescent microscopes, and more.

What Can I Do with a Biochemistry AOC?


Recent Theses

  • The Possible Role of rha-1 in the piRNA Gene Regulatory Pathways in the Germline of Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Quantification of Male rha-1 Mutant Germline Gene Expression Regulated by Small RNA Pathways of Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Purification and Characterization of Acetylcholinesterase from Drosophila Suzukii
  • Kinetic Characterization of Caenorhabditis elegans Postembryonic Glyceraldehyde-3-Phosphate Dehydrogenase
  • Examination of RNA Helicase A Function in Small Regulatory RNA Pathways of the Caenorhabditis elegans Germline

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Biochemistry Curriculum

View the requirements for an AOC in Biochemistry and see sample pathways to graduation.

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Heiser Natural Sciences Complex

The 56,000-square-foot Heiser Natural Sciences Complex includes teaching and research labs for chemistry, biochemistry, biology, bioinformatics, computational science, mathematics and physics.

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Undergraduate Program

New College of Florida offers more than 40 different majors in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as a number of interdisciplinary concentrations.

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