KOKOMO, Ind. — Could you be the person who develops the next life-saving vaccine?
That’s just one of the possibilities with a biochemistry degree from Indiana University Kokomo. In addition to health care fields, it will prepare you for many opportunities, including graduate school, or careers in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries.
It’s not just about what happens in the classroom — students also research side-by-side with faculty members, finding real-world solutions for problems.
If medical school, dental school, or other graduate degrees are in your future, this program is a great way to get hands-on experience that will set you apart in the application process.
Learn more at iuk.edu/sciences/natural/biochemistry
Education is KEY at Indiana University Kokomo.
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Biochemistry 2022 Transcript
Hunt Hall is shown by drone point of view and transitions to a science classroom full of students.
Student, Tifany Burnett is speaking to the camera.
00:00:00:02 - 00:00:12:05
After I took the second biology course you take as a bio major, we had a section on biochemistry. Completely fell in love with it. It was like, "This is it. I love this. I'm doing this." And I changed my major.
Dean of the School of Sciences, Christian Chauret, is speaking on camera.
00:00:12:16 - 00:00:31:01
So biochemists may work in the pharmaceutical industry, in research or in labs where they they may study, for example, the impact of drugs on cells. They may be involved in production or development of vaccines. We've had some examples of that in recent times with COVID19.
Student, Nate Moore is speaking to the camera.
00:00:31:09 - 00:00:45:22
I know I want to do something that is meaningful in the long term and then find ways to help people in new and engaging ways. In the sciences, Biochemistry has really been a way to hit both of those.
Christian Chauret continues.
00:00:46:01 - 00:01:05:06
I think our greatest asset at IU Kokomo, is the fact that our students in biochemistry get to experience working in research. So as part of the curriculum, they have to do at least one semester of research with a faculty mentor, and many university students can do research with faculty, but it's not it's not a requirement.
Nate Moore continues.
00:01:05:10 - 00:01:16:05
Being able to do one on one faculty research has been a really, really valuable experience so far. It almost feels like the... like the Sorcerer's Apprentice, you know, like you're working in a lab. You've got stuff going on.
Tifany Burnett continues.
00:01:16:05 - 00:01:26:08
Initially yes, it's terrifying because you don't know them, but once you start talking to them and you get to know each other, you know, it's almost like they're kind of your buds, but not really because they're your professor.
Dr. Chauret continues.
00:01:26:21 - 00:01:47:10
And I think gaining that experience in the lab working with Dr. Masuda or Dr. Hussein or another faculty member is extremely beneficial. It looks very good on their resume. It looks good if they decide to apply to medical school or dentistry. So it's it's really a unique experience that can benefit students tremendously.
Tifany Burnett continues.
00:01:47:16 - 00:02:06:13
Talking about DNA and CRISPR, this is super cool. I want to keep doing that. And then I think when I got into, like organic chemistry and biochemistry courses, the actual course for those, I was like, this is like super fun. I really enjoy this. And why not do what you enjoy.
The IU Kokomo logo appears on screen wwith the website iuk.edu/biochemistry