Story posted May 14, 2013
A liberal arts education provides a dynamic learning environment which encourages students to develop an appreciation and understanding of various disciplines, peoples, and cultures. In addition, this atmosphere cultivates independent and creative thought, sound reasoning, and effective problem-solving skills. The Biochemistry Program at Bowdoin is a science program that functions in a liberal arts environment and retains the fundamental goals of a liberal arts college. Our educational mandate is to create an undergraduate Biochemistry Program that provides the concepts, the specific laboratory skills, technical knowledge, and research experiences necessary to engage this broad field in its many aspects. The Biochemistry faculty seek to engage their students within an open, dynamic environment that values creativity and develops intellectual capacity and flexibility. The balance between technical proficiency and intellectual breadth, though difficult to achieve, is what makes liberal arts science education so valuable.
The goal of the Biochemistry Program of Bowdoin College is to achieve this balance: to provide an interdisciplinary program that combines quality scientific training with intellectual intensity. This program is meant to relate biology and chemistry and to provide interested students with access to information and research in related fields such as molecular biology and biophysics.
The Biochemistry program currently requires a year of biochemistry, organic chemistry, and physics, a biochemistry laboratory course, and courses in calculus and introductory biology. Electives are chosen from the Biology and Chemistry curricula. The Biochemistry Program couples this rigorous classroom and laboratory curriculum with the opportunity to perform research in coordination with a faculty mentor. This level of student-faculty interaction is the defining experience for many biochemistry majors and commonly result in scholarly publications
The goal of the Biochemistry Program of Bowdoin College is to achieve this balance: to provide an interdisciplinary program that combines quality scientific training with intellectual intensity.