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Biochemistry

Explore the chemistry of life

Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry integrates and applies chemical and biological principles to the exploration and understanding of the chemistry of living organisms.

  • Overview

    Overview

    Bachelor of Science

    The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry program grounds you in the chemical, physical, and biological principles that characterize living systems. You will develop an interdisciplinary mindset that will prepare you to embrace the interdependent nature of these areas of study.

    In the laboratory, you will develop a wide range of technical skills required in the modern workforce in research and industrial environments. Working with state-of-the-art instrumentation in well-equipped facilities, you will gain excellent lab and analytical skills that will prepare you for future employment or continuing education in graduate or professional school. Upon completion of this program, you will be especially well-prepared for further study in the health sciences, including medical or pharmacy school.

    What Will You Learn?

    Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, graduates will be able to

    • Apply knowledge of chemical principles to the understanding of living systems.
    • Describe the ways in which biomolecules contribute to the structure and function of cells.
    • Design and execute scientific experiments using the scientific method.
    • Interpret scientific data and communicate findings.
    • Exhibit behaviors consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the discipline.
    • Evaluate current scientific advances using knowledge of biochemical principles.
    • Evaluate scientific discovery in terms of its scientific merit and its ethical, societal, and global implications.

    A complete listing of learning outcomes for the Biochemistry program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Outcomes

    Why Study Biochemistry?

    With the support of your faculty advisor and your professors, you will have numerous options for putting your biochemistry education to use. Biochemistry graduates are prepared for further study in medical, dental or pharmacy school. In addition, biochemistry majors may elect to seek employment in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. In addition, biochemistry majors may pursue both a bachelor's in Biochemistry and master's in Forensic Science through the university's B.S. to M.S. Option.   

  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in Biochemistry. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.
    Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement. Courses with one or more pre- or co-requisites are listed in the course description.

    Major Requirements

    • BIO 113 Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics
    • BIO 113L Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
    • BIO 230 Genetics
    • BIOCH 327 Biochemistry
    • BIOCH 327L Biochemistry Lab
    • BIOCH 427 Advanced Biochemistry
    • CHEM 115 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 115L General Chemistry I Laboratory
    • CHEM 115S General Chemistry I SoLVE
    • CHEM 116 General Chemistry II
    • CHEM 116L General Chemistry II Laboratory
    • CHEM 116S General Chemistry II SoLVE
    • CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
    • CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
    • CHEM 213 Electronic Literature Searching

    Senior Capstone

    Select one:

    • BIOCH 450 Research Capstone
    • BIOCH 460 Research Capstone
    • BIOCH 460H Research Capstone
    • BIOCH 455 Internship Capstone
    • BIOCH 465 Internship Capstone
    • BIOCH 465H Internship Capstone

    ++ Students choosing one of the 9-credit senior capstone options can take one less upper level biochemistry elective

    Elective courses Group 1

    Select two from the following list

    • BIO 310 Cell Biology
    • BIO 330 Molecular Genetics
    • CHEM 333 Physical Chemistry

    Elective courses Group 2

    Select three from the following list (one must be CHEM, one must be BIO or MT and at least two of the courses must be at the 300 level or higher):

    • BIO 203 Microbiology
    • BIO 255 Techniques in Molecular Biology
    • BIO 310 Cell Biology (if not used as a group 1 elective)
    • BIO 322 Human Physiology
    • BIO 330 Molecular Genetics (if not used as a group 1 elective)
    • BIO 335 Immunology
    • BIO 355 Advanced Techniques in Molecular Biology
    • BIO 430 Bioinformatics
    • BIOCH 365 Independent Research in Biochemistry
    • CHEM 310/310L Analytical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry Lab
    • CHEM 320/320L Inorganic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry Lab
    • CHEM 330/330L Advanced Organic Chemistry and Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab
    • CHEM 333 Physical Chemistry (if not used as a group 1 elective)
    • CHEM 340 Medicinal Chemistry
    • CHEM 410/410L Instrumental Analysis and Instrumental Analysis Lab
    • CHEM 431/431L Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Physical Chem: Quantum Mechanics Lab
    • CHEM 432/432L Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Physical Chemistry:Thermodynamics Lab
    • MATH 235 Statistical Methods

    Secondary Requirements

    • MATH 220 Calculus I*
    • PHIL 415 Professional Ethics*
    • PHYS 210 General Physics I*

    Or

    • PHYS 215 General Physics I with Calculus*
    • PHYS 211 General Physics II*

    Or

    • PHYS 216 General Physics II with Calculus*
    • SCI 100 School of the Sciences New Student Seminar

    Biochemistry Resource Guide

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors

    Minor

    A minor is not offered in biochemistry. Students majoring in biochemistry may not earn a minor in biology or chemistry.

    B.S. to M.S. Option

    The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in Biochemistry who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work for a master's degree in Forensic Science in the Chemistry, Biology, or Crime Scene Investigation track. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degree in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Students must formally apply for entrance into this B.S. to M.S. option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their advisor.

    B.S. to M.A.T. Option

    The BS/M.A.T. option is available for students majoring in Biochemistry who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work for a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degrees in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Students must formally apply for entrance into this B.S. to M.A.T. option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their advisor. Candidates who successfully complete the M.A.T. program and associated educational exams (Praxis) are eligible for teacher certification in Maryland and in states with reciprocal agreements with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) in the areas of Secondary Biology and/or Secondary Chemistry Education.

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Biochemistry program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Forensic Scientist
• Geneticist/Genetic Counselor
• Pharmacist
• Physician
• Research Biochemist
• Teacher

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