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Fort Lewis College Biochemistry program receives national accreditation

Fort Lewis College Biochemistry program receives national accreditation

The Fort Lewis College Biochemistry program has been awarded a prestigious accreditation by the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. FLC is one of approximately 100 colleges and universities nationwide and the second in Colorado to receive the accreditation.

"We are so excited to gain accreditation by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, both as an affirmation of the quality of our biochemistry degree program and because of the support ASBMB provides to students and faculty through professional development activities and opportunities to present at national meetings," says Jeff McFarlane, assistant professor of Chemistry.

ASBMB in particular cited the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department’s excellent faculty in teaching, learning, and research as well as the diversity of the student body and plans to increase the diversity in the faculty. ASBMB also cited “the multiple programs in place to meet demands and cultivate underrepresented students,” and FLC’s commitment to include undergraduate students in program research.

"Biochemistry has been taught at FLC since the 1960s and a biochemistry degree track has been available to students since the 1980s,” says McFarlane. “Achieving accreditation is an acknowledgment of the great work done by the Chemistry Department, over many years, to develop an outstanding Biochemistry degree that prepares students for jobs, professional school, and graduate school."

The Biochemistry program has full accreditation status through 2027. With this accreditation, FLC Biochemistry students receive a degree that is accredited by both the American Chemical Society and ASBMB. The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department has been ACS accredited since 1980.

About the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The ASBMB is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization with more than 12,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1906 to advance the science of biochemistry and molecular biology, the society publishes three peer-reviewed journals, advocates for funding of basic research and education, supports science education at all levels, and promotes the diversity of individuals entering the scientific workforce. Learn more at

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