Chemistry receives ASBMB accreditation

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 24, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has received a three-year provisional accreditation from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) for the biochemistry program. BU is the first university in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to be awarded an ASBMB accreditation.

BU’s biochemistry program was rated on factors including research laboratory facilities, faculty scholarship and educational goals. The accreditation recognizes BU’s biochemistry program as meeting the organization’s advanced requirements.

ASBMB evaluators praised the program for “strong experiential learning and extensive lab experiences, excellent integration of inquiry-based learning into the curriculum, and thorough assessment of student performance and learning objectives in individual courses.”

For BU’s biochemistry students, the accreditation demonstrates a curriculum that meets ASBMB’s guidelines and knowledge of fundamental concepts and skills. Michael Borland, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at BU, and fellow faculty members Michael Pugh and Toni Trumbo Bell compiled data for ASBMB accreditation.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.