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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 Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    SCI 100 School of the Sciences New Student Seminar
    BIO 113 Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics
    BIO 113L Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
    BIO 230 Genetics
    BIOCH 327 Biochemistry
    BIOCH 345L Integrative Laboratory I
    BIOCH 427 Advanced Biochemistry
    CHEM 115 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 115L General Chemistry I Laboratory
    CHEM 116 General Chemistry II
    CHEM 116L General Chemistry II Laboratory
    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
    MATH 220 Calculus I
    PHYS 210 or General Physics I or
    PHYS 215 General Physics I with Calculus
    PHYS 211 or General Physics II or
    PHYS 216 General Physics II with Calculus

    Senior Capstone Experiences (Select One):
    BIOCH 450, 460 or 460H Sr. Research Capstone in Biochemistry
    BIOCH 455, 465, or 465H Sr. Internship Capstone in Biochemistry

    ++ Students choosing one of the 9-credit senior capstone options can take one less upper level Group 2 elective

    Elective courses Group 1
    Select two from the following list:

    BIO 310 Cell Biology
    BIO 330 Molecular Genetics
    CHEM 430 Physical Chemistry

    Elective courses Group 2
    Select three from the following list (one must be CHEM, one must be BIO 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 221 Inorganic Chemistry
    CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry
    CHEM 330 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    CHEM 340 Medicinal Chemistry
    CHEM 410 Instrumental Analysis
    CHEM 430 Physical Chemistry (if not used as a group 1 elective)
    CHEM 431 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics
    CHEM 432 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
    MATH 235 Statistical Methods

    Last Updated: 03/01/2016

  • 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.

    BS/MS Option

    The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in Biochemistry who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master's degree in Forensic Sciences in the Biology, Chemistry, 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. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into this BS/MS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors.

    Please see the Forensic Sciences section of the catalog for more information.

    BS/MAT Option

    The BS/MAT option is available for students majoring in Biochemistry who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master's degree in teaching. Please see Additional Enrollment Options in the Admissions section of this catalog for more information.

    Last Updated: 03/01/2016

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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