TAMPA — The University of Tampa’s Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry has recently been accredited by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).
“This is quite a feather in our hats as only six programs in the U.S. were accredited this year,” said Jim Gore, dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences.
Mike Carastro, associate professor of biochemistry, and Scott Witherow, assistant professor of biochemistry, spearheaded the accreditation, which specifically commended UT’s program on numerous factors, including that:
· It has a strong chemistry emphasis;
· Courses are offered frequently and there is apparent capacity for growth;
· Students spend significant contact hours in lab;
· The school and curriculum has identified writing intensive courses.
· The university has an ASBMB-Undergraduate Affiliate Network chapter.
The other universities with this accreditation include Virginia Tech, Villanova University, Northeastern University, Winthrop University and Texas State University.
The ASBMB is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization with more than 11,000 members worldwide. Most members teach and conduct research at colleges and universities. Others conduct research in various government laboratories, at nonprofit research institutions and in industry. The society’s student members attend undergraduate or graduate institutions. For more information about ASBMB, visit www.asbmb.org.
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 105 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves 7,200 students from 50 states and 130 countries. Approximately 65 percent of full-time students live on campus, and about half of UT students are from Florida.