HPU Offers New Major In Biochemistry

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 17, 2009 – High Point University is now offering students a way to further their science education by offering a new major in biochemistry.

The biochemistry bachelor’s degree program, implemented at the start of the fall 2009 semester, qualifies students to attend graduate school in a biochemistry program, and prepares them for a range of opportunities in industrial employment, professional schools and high school teaching.

“Breakthroughs in the field of biochemistry have energized and revolutionized the fields of medicine and biotechnology and have transformed the study of biology and chemistry over the past 30 years,” says Dr. Harold Goldston, assistant professor of chemistry. “The interdisciplinary nature of the subject has led to the development of a wide range of techniques that have found exciting applications in fields as diverse as criminology, prenatal screening, agriculture, cosmetics, home heath-care diagnostics and tailored drug therapies.”

Students in the biochemistry program are required to be well-versed in a variety of disciplines, including math, physics, biology and chemistry. Fortunately, many of the courses necessary for the major are already offered at HPU. To complete the program, four new courses will be added – Research and Writing in Biochemistry and a Biochemistry Laboratory will be implemented in spring 2010; Biophysical Chemistry and a Physical and Analytical Biochemistry Laboratory will complete the lineup in fall 2010.

“It is our hope that, by offering a fresh and dynamic program of study in this burgeoning interdisciplinary field, we will attract energetic and bright students to come to High Point University to study science,” says Goldston. “Among the various scientific disciplines, perhaps no singular field offers today’s student as many different career opportunities and as much foreseeable job growth as biochemistry. … We are now poised to offer a major in biochemistry with the goal of preparing graduates for competitive careers in this area.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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