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A bachelor's degree in biochemistry at UC Riverside allows three emphases depending on the professional or academic goals of the individual student—biology, chemistry, and medical sciences.  Both B.A. and B.S. degrees can be achieved for this major.  Biochemistry students benefit from substantial financial backing, with 85% of our undergraduates receiving some financial aid, and 70% receiving full fee coverage through grants and scholarships.  Additionally, many undergraduates are involved in various on-campus research opportunities. Research within the department spans fields from molecular biology, physical biochemistry, molecular endocrinology, plant biochemistry & molecular biology, signal transduction, and biomedical research.
In addition to the option of conducting interdisciplinary research with cooperating faculty, the recent addition of the School of Medicine allows more opportunities than ever for students to further their laboratory and research knowledge while pursuing their bachelor's degree. Students completing their degree can expect a solid foundation for those interested in pursuing professional degrees in the health sciences, graduate school in the sciences, or alternative science careers. 

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Biochemistry Advising

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Biochemistry Academic Advisors

CNAS Professional Academic Advisors provide students with individual guidance throughout their academic careers at UCR and help them achieve realistic academic goals.  Professional Academic Advisors can assist you with declaring or changing your major or minor, course repeats, the process for taking courses outside of UCR, taking a leave from UCR, and questions about withdrawing or readmitting to UCR.

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Mark Taylor
Biochemistry Advisor
Advising Caseload: A - B
Phone: 951-827-2488
Jasmine Henderson
Biochemistry Advisor
Advising Caseload: C - L
Phone: 951-827-0776
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Jackie Ammeraal
Biochemistry Advisor
Advising Caseload: M - T
Phone: 951-827-0778
Nakita Lea
Biochemistry Advisor
Advising Caseload: U - Z
Phone: 951-827-4229

Biochemistry Lead Faculty Advisor

A Lead Faculty Advisor is assigned to each major to assist students with guidance regarding graduate or professional school, opportunities to participate in research, independent study, or internships.  Faculty advisors also may provide students with advice and mentoring regarding career goals.

Dr. Richard Debus
Biochemistry Lead Faculty Advisor
Phone: 951-827-3483
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