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.
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.
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.
SCI 100 School of the Sciences New Student Seminar BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics BIO 113L General Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics 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 CHEM 313 Career Development in Chemistry 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 SCI 215 Writing in the Sciences
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 BIO 322 Human Physiology BIO 330 Molecular Genetics BIO 335 Immunology BIO 362 Independent Research Experience in Biology BIO 365 Independent Laboratory Research in Biology BIOCH 362 Independent Research Experience in Biochemistry BIOCH 365 Independent Laboratory Research in Biochemistry CHEM 221 Inorganic Chemistry CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry CHEM 330 Advanced Organic Chemistry CHEM 340 Medicinal and Drug Chemistry CHEM 362 Independent Laboratory Research in Chemistry CHEM 365 Independent Laboratory Research in Chemistry CHEM 410 Instrumental Analysis CHEM 430 Physical Chemistry CHEM 431 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics CHEM 432 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
BIO 310, BIO 330, CHEM 430: if not used as a group 1 elective
Last Updated: 10/31/2016
Tracks & Minors
Tracks and Minors
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.
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: 10/31/2016
What Can You Do With This Degree?
Graduates of our Biochemistry program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:
• Forensic Scientist
• Geneticist/Genetic Counselor
• Research Biochemist
Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.