Loras College Biochemistry program provides students the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in chemical principles and to apply their training in the lab. This foundation enables Biochemistry graduates to pursue a very wide range of options after graduation including graduate school or a chemistry-related field; going directly into the workforce for a career in the chemical industry, government, education, engineering, forensic science, or the law; or entering interdisciplinary fields such as medicine, dentistry, other health professions, education and more.
A distinct aspect of the Loras Biochemistry program is our Medical Associates Recombinant DNA Laboratory. Students engage in research employing DNA cloning—a critical component of modern biochemistry—and molecular biology investigations.
At Loras, we offer an engaging experience coupled with the quality and depth of instruction usually found only at a larger institution.
Loras offers a broad-based, rigorous chemistry program that provides students with intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals.
Dedicated chemistry faculty. To adequately cover the discipline, a college chemistry program should have expertise in the areas of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, and biochemistry. Loras has qualified chemistry faculty trained in each of these five major areas as well as in the important interdisciplinary area of polymer chemistry.
The opportunity for students to make use of modern facilities including the Medical Associates Recombinant DNA laboratory, the NMR laboratory, and the Carver Foundation Molecular Biology laboratory. We have modern instrumentation that includes the recent acquisitions of several FT infrared spectrometers, a triple quad gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, and an atomic absorption spectrometer. Loras has added major pieces of equipment worth over $350,000 during the last 5 years. The acquisition of a $250,000 Bruker 300MHz high field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer gives students access to an instrument found in very few small colleges. Larger institutions with this type of instrumentation seldom allow student hands-on access. Every student in the program has access to all of the instrumentation throughout their time at Loras.
Opportunities to apply what is learned in the classroom to real-life situations such as internships. Also, the Loras Chemistry Club has won national awards for student involvement and for tutoring and demonstration shows on campus and in local schools. Members of the club explore opportunities to attend a national meeting in places like San Francisco and New Orleans.
A research project conducted by each Loras chemistry and biochemistry major during their junior and senior years or during summers. These research experiences are performed with Loras faculty during the academic year or at other institutions during the summer. The results of the research are presented at local, regional, and national seminars and conferences. This experience helps prepare students for careers after college.
Student Learning Outcomes – Biochemistry
Students will master the fundamentals in Biochemical, Inorganic, Analytical, Organic, and Physical Chemistry.
Students will be able to plan and execute experiments and evaluate their results.
Students will be able to communicate scientific and experimental information to other scientists and the community at large.
Students will identify, comprehend, and evaluate relevant chemical literature.
Students will develop professional skills that support relevant vocations.
“What can you do with a Biochemistry degree?”
Student research is a required component of our program and is integrated in the second year of the curriculum, culminating in a senior thesis project presentation. After receiving your degree from Loras, you could move on to graduate school or a career in one of these fields: