March 1, 2016
Texas Tech University’s undergraduate programs in biochemistry have received accreditation by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) for the next seven years, the longest term allowable.
The accreditation begins March 15 and will last through March 14, 2023.
“It is a great honor to receive the accreditation of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for our bachelor’s programs in biochemistry,” said Joachim Weber, associate professor of biochemistry and associate chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “This stamp of approval by the leading scientific association in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology demonstrates to our students, to their parents, to prospective employers and to the scientific community the excellence of education and training in biochemistry that students at Texas Tech receive.”
According to the acceptance letter from the ASBMB, several aspects of Texas Tech’s application for accreditation were considered particularly noteworthy:
W. Brent Lindquist
“This accreditation of our B.S. and B.A. degrees in biochemistry by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as well as prior accreditation of our B.S. degree in chemistry by the American Chemical Society, assures our students they are receiving a professionally recognized degree regardless of which track, chemistry or biochemistry, they pursue,” said W. Brent Lindquist, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
The Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1925 as one of the university’s four original colleges.
Comprised of 15 departments, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.
With just under 11,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest
college on the Texas Tech University campus.
In fall 2016, the college embarked upon its first capital campaign, Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign for Arts & Sciences. It focuses on five critical areas of need: attracting and retaining top faculty, enhancing infrastructure, recruiting high-potential students, undergraduate research and growing the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.