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What Alumni Say

EMU biochemistry graduate David Showalter

I am glad I came from a diverse background. There’s always time to specialize and that’s what graduate education does for you. Had I come from a specific undergraduate discipline, I would have missed out on a lot of other interesting things, whether music or literature or digital media. Read more…

David Showalter, an EMU biochemistry graduate and fourth-year PhD student at The Ohio State University, is studying the physiological and biochemical defense mechanisms associated with resistance in ash species to the emerald ash borer, an invasive species that has destroyed millions of trees in North America.

Career Opportunities

EMU provides a broad background for the wide variety of career options open to the chemistry or biochemistry major and a solid preparation for study at the graduate level.

EMU chemistry and biochemistry graduates are now involved in a variety of activities:

  • Neurochemistry research
  • Teaching college science
  • Opening a medical practice
  • Community health worker in Central America
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Environmental quality control
  • Malaria research in Tanzania
  • Biotechnology

Students who are interested in chemistry and a career in healthcare can major in either chemistry or biochemistry and enroll in the pre-professional health sciences program. A major in chemistry or biochemistry can launch your career in many directions. While some of these career possibilities also require graduate study, many are immediately available after graduating from EMU.