Friends University launches new bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry

Friends University’s new Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree program will begin this fall. This on-campus program will prepare students for graduate school and for careers in forensic science, genetics and medicine.

“The addition of a biochemistry degree is a logical choice because of our experienced faculty and because of the benefits of the degree,” said Dr. John Simmons, visiting assistant professor of biology. “Students with a biochemistry degree specifically – not just a chemistry degree with an emphasis in biochemistry – are able to research extensively the field of biochemistry. This will make them extremely competitive for job placements or further study.”

The doctoral research areas of Dr. Simmons and Dr. Prince Agbedanu, assistant professor of biology and director of the human biology and health science program, include molecular and cellular biology, which utilize biochemical principles and techniques. Dr. Simmons’ doctorate in physiology and his medical school background provide him with additional training in biochemistry. Dr. Agbedanu has a doctorate in biomedical sciences with expertise in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and genetics. He completed postdoctoral work in the areas of biochemistry and genetics.

“Graduate schools often offer healthy stipends to biochemistry students,” Dr. Simmons said. “With the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health wanting more qualified students to research in biochemistry, it is not unheard of for students to be offered $20,000 per year and free tuition to work on a graduate degree.”

The median annual pay of biochemists and biophysicists is around $82,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Employment of biochemists and biophysicists is expected to increase 8 percent from 2014 to 2024 according to the BLS.

The degree requirements include advanced courses in chemistry as well as two biochemistry classes. Additional courses in math, biology and physics are also required.

For more information about the program, contact the Office of Admissions at 316-295-5100.

Friends University, a Christian university of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.