Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary field involving chemistry, math, the physical sciences, and biology. Biochemists use chemistry and the physical sciences as tools to examine and explore the molecular processes of life. The questions that biochemists address encompass many critical challenges facing humans today, particularly in areas related to the medical sciences, agriculture, and environmental science. Students earning a BS degree complete a year-long senior research project in the laboratory of a faculty member, culminating in a senior research thesis. Students earning a BA degree complete a one-semester literature-based writing project under the guidance of a Chemistry or Biochemistry faculty member. Students with a biochemistry degree are well-positioned to pursue careers in medicine, biochemical and pharmaceutical research, industrial research, public health, and law.
Arizona Research Laboratories: ARL provides campus-wide service facilities for university researchers and faculty. It provides laboratories and core services in different scientific disciplines where students can volunteer or receive credit for their time. Be sure to click the link and see the variety of research options available.
Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching.
BIO5 Institute: The BIO5 Institute is at the leading edge of life sciences research, bringing together researchers from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering. The main goal of BIO5 is to find bold solutions to complex, biology-based challenges affecting humanity.
Rich Lab Soil, Water and Environmental Science Microbial Ecology Lab: The Rich Lab, also known as SWES-MEL, does research on microorganisms and their impact on biogeochemistry and global change.
Undergraduate Biology Research Program: UBRP is a research program that enhances undergraduate education by partnering students with research opportunities to participate in mentored, self-directed work. Student projects are associated with biology-related fields that involve inquiry, design, investigation, research, scholarship, discovery, and the presentation of experimental results.