Shepherd University biochemistry program receives accreditation

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University’s bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry has been accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Shepherd is the only institution in West Virginia to achieve this particular accreditation, according to a news release from the university.

It’s also the first program in Shepherd’s College of Science and Mathematics to gain national accreditation, according to Robert Warburton, acting dean.

Warburton said the accreditation will help chemistry majors who generally go on to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine, or attend graduate school. He said students in the biochemistry program will be able to take an additional exam put together by the society that will give them a degree of distinction when they graduate.

Dan DiLella, chairman of the chemistry department, said the accreditation is validation that Shepherd has qualified faculty and offers well-designed courses.