EMU receives new accreditation for biochemistry program

The students will have to take an exam to have their degree accredited.
The students will have to take an exam to have their degree accredited.(WHSV)
Published: Apr. 3, 2018 at 4:10 PM EDT
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Eastern Mennonite University's biochemistry program is now accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

With this distinction, EMU is among six colleges and universities with the accreditation in Virginia and professors for the program said the process to apply was easier than they thought it would be.

Tara Kishbaugh, the professor and chairwoman of the Biology and Chemistry Department chair they applied through an application online. They had to look at their core concepts and were able to go through their curriculum to qualify for it. They found out about getting the accreditation in January.

Kishbaugh said the department hopes this attracts more students to their program.

"You know our programs are kind of small, so it's nice to have a co-hort of students who are going to sit for this accreditation exam, and we also think it's like going to make the students feel more proud of their degree to have this accreditation," said Kishbaugh.

The accreditation lasts for seven years.