The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a historically Black education institution that enrolls about 2,500 students, has announced that it will offer a new bachelor’s degree program in biochemistry beginning in the fall of 2016.
Grant W. Wangila, interim chair of the department of chemistry and physics at the university, states that “biochemistry is a very fascinating subject and is the basis of the health sciences. This new major is the best preparation for students who wish to pursue research careers in the biomedical sciences or careers as health professionals.”
Dr. Wangila has been on the faculty at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff since 2002. He specializes in analytical and inorganic chemistry. Professor Wangila holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Alberta in Edmonton.