Lycoming College receives $125,000 grant to support interdisciplinary biochemistry major

PHOTO PROVIDED­ Lycoming College recently received a $125,000 grant awarded by the George I. Alden Trust to support the interdisciplinary biochemistry major. Pictured, a student works on a project in a science lab.

As Lycoming College’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum evolves to encompass biochemical studies and increasingly advanced technology, students and faculty will benefit from a $125,000 grant awarded by the George I. Alden Trust. This is the fourth and largest grant awarded to the College by the Alden Trust.

The interface between biology and chemistry is one of the most dynamic areas in scientific education and research, and the College will introduce a new biochemistry major this fall. In order to better equip its students and support research in the biochemistry field, this grant will contribute toward the necessary renovations to the chemistry floor of the Heim Science Center, in particular to the creation of a biochemistry teaching laboratory. The renovations will commence in the spring semester, with anticipated completion in summer 2019.

To pursue an interdisciplinary major in biochemistry, students will be required to take two biochemistry courses, with additional coursework in biology, chemistry, math and physics. The completion of a biochemistry major will provide graduates with the utmost preparation for a variety of medical and pharmaceutical careers, as well as lifelong learning.