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Biological Sciences Department

Biochemistry Curriculum
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Biochemistry uses the combined knowledge of biology, chemistry and genetics to investigate the complexity of the life processes of animals and plants. You’ll be prepared for several postgraduate activities, including graduate study in the life sciences and professional careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and agriculture.

Nicholas Wenande

Nicholas Wenande, of Mitchell, is a junior biology-chemistry major and Spanish minor from Mount Marty College.

His BRIN fellowship brought him to DWU to work with Dr. Anthony Cole, associate professor of biochemistry, in the lab using an Agrobacterium expression system to investigate the development of local and systemic responses to Tobacco Mosaic Virus infection in Nicotiana gossei.

They will also be looking for new viruses in wheat fields around the area.

All the Places You Can Go…
Science can lead to almost anywhere. Biochemistry and biology majors can take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to teaching and/or researching in their fields; working in healthcare or science-related industries, or perhaps get paid as a science technical writer. There are multiple possibilities. Here are a few career choices that someone with a biochemistry degree might choose:

Research technician
College professor, researching in own lab
Private or government sectors

Market Research
Product Development and Testing
Scientific Consultation
Patent, Environment, or Medical Law
Biological Entrepreneurship

Medical doctor
Physical therapy
Dental healthcare
Pharmaceutical research trials
Medical investigator for the Centers for Disease    Control
Research at the National Institutes of Health

Science writing
Help explain the science in layman’s terms to     readers and television viewers:
Broadcast journalism
Medical journals
Online magazines
Medical online sites


Nick Tolsma

Nick Tolsma, of Rapid City, is a senior at DWU studying biochemistry and biology with plans of medical school after college. His BRIN summer research involved working with Dr. John Dixson, assistant professor of chemistry at Black Hills State University.

The research is based on natural products chemistry and medicinal-organic chemistry. They will evaluate plants that the American Indians used for medicinal purposes and investigate whether they have activity against diseases of today. The plants may have a potential to act on other diseases besides the traditional diseases of the past. The second step is to isolate the compounds that are responsible for the biological activity and determine their structures.

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