Explore the Chemistry of Life


In Stevenson’s Biochemistry program, you will learn the principles that characterize living systems and explore the interdependent nature of the areas of chemical, physical, and biological science. Working with state-of-the-art instrumentation in well-equipped facilities, you will gain the lab and analytical skills to prepare you for future employment or continuing education in graduate or professional school.

Graduates of the Biochemistry program will:

  • 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.
Stevenson Biochemistry

Connection to Career

Internship Placements

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Pharmacy
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Otolaryngology
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD)
  • Sinai Hospital

Top Employers

  • Baltimore Police Department, Crime Laboratory
  • Taylor Water Technologies
  • MedStar Health
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • Pharmaceutics International
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine Vascular Research Center

Graduate Opportunities

  • New York Medical College
  • University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Oregon State University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
  • Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Fighting Cancer Through Research

Stevenson’s Biochemistry students participate in a semester-long research project looking into the effectiveness of cancer-fighting drugs. The course not only gives them a chance to apply practical skills in the laboratory but also provides an opportunity to experience the type of research they might conduct in graduate school or in the life sciences industry.

Alumni Success

100% of our Biochemistry graduates have found employment in their field or are enrolled in graduate school within six months after graduation.

B.S. to M.S. Option

Bachelor’s to Master’s Option

A B.S. to M.S. Option is available for qualified students who are interested in earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. The program is designed to blend seamlessly, providing students with a more powerful education in a shorter period of time.

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Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Biochemistry Majors

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

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

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Career Connection Center.


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

FYS 100First Year Seminar1 credit
BIO 112Principles of General Biology3 credits
BIO 113General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics3 credits
BIO 113LGeneral Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics1 credit
BIO 230Genetics4 credits
BIOCH 327Biochemistry3 credits
BIOCH 345LIntegrative Laboratory I2 credits
BIOCH 427Advanced Biochemistry3 credits
BIOCH 470Capstone Internship3 credits
BIOCH 471Capstone Internship6 credits
BIOCH 475Capstone Seminar3 credits
CHEM 114General Chemistry I with Problem Solving3 credits
CHEM 115General Chemistry I3 credits
CHEM 115LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1 credit
CHEM 116General Chemistry II3 credits
CHEM 116LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1 credit
CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I3 credits
CHEM 210LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory1 credit
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry II3 credits
CHEM 211LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory1 credit
CHEM 213Digital Information Literacy for Chemistry1 credit
CHEM 313Career Connections in Chemistry1 credit
MATH 220Calculus I4 credits
PHYS 210General Physics I4 credits
PHYS 215General Physics I with Calculus4 credits
PHYS 211General Physics II4 credits
PHYS 216General Physics II with Calculus4 credits
SCI 215Writing in the Sciences3 credits

Elective courses Group 1

Select two from the following list:

BIO 310Cell Biology3 credits
BIO 330Molecular Genetics4 credits
CHEM 310Analytical Chemistry3 credits
CHEM 430Physical Chemistry3 credits

Elective courses Group 2

Select three from the following list, at least two courses must be at the 300-level or higher:

BIO 203Microbiology4 credits
BIO 280Nutrition Science3 credits
BIO 313Virology3 credits
BIO 322Human Physiology4 credits
BIO 332Epidemiology3 credits
BIO 335Immunology4 credits
BIO 362Independent Research Experience in Biology2 credits
BIO 365Independent Laboratory Research in Biology3 credits
BIOCH 365Independent Laboratory Research in Biochemistry3 credits
CHEM 206Herbal Medicines and Remedies3 credits
CHEM 221Inorganic Chemistry3 credits
CHEM 346LIntegrative Laboratory II2 credits
CHEM 365Independent Laboratory Research in Chemistry3 credits
CHEM 435Special Topics in Chemistry3 credits

Note: Students choosing the 6-credit Capstone Internship (BIOCH 471) can take one less upper-level Group 2 elective course.

Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.

Minors and Other Options


A minor in Biochemistry is not available.

Chemistry Department Honors Requirements

Eligible students majoring in biochemistry may elect to pursue honors within the Department of Chemistry. The intention to pursue Chemistry Department Honors must be declared before the start of their last semester before graduation. To declare the intent to pursue department honors, a student must have earned a science/math GPA of 3.50 or higher and a plan to finish the honors requirements outlined below.

Students graduating with Chemistry Department honors will have this distinction noted on their official university transcript. In order to graduate with department honors, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of one research experience.
  • Completion of a second research experience or a 300-400 level CHEM or BIOCH elective that is not being used to fulfill a degree requirement in the major.
  • An oral presentation of the research experience to the department.
  • A science/math GPA of 3.5 or higher at graduation.

BS/MFS Option

The BS/MFS 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 science in the biology or chemistry 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/MFS 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 Science section of this 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.

Laboratory Tours

Featured Equipment

  • Perkin Elmer FT-IR Spectrophotometer
  • CEM Discovery Microwave Reactors
  • Laboratory Fume Hoods
  • Analytical Laboratory Balances
  • Meltemp Melting Point Apparatus

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Biochemistry News

Erika Harden, Chemistry '14/MSFS'15 and adjunct professor in Forensic Sciences, completed all of the requirements to earn certification as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst from the International Association for Identifi.

During Biochemistry Integrative lab, students are asked to work in teams to brainstorm and create analogs of Cisplatin, a platinum based chemotherapeutic that is very prevalent in the clinic. Unfortunately, Cisplatin therapy .

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Professional Minor

Manage a scientific team or your own professional practice.

Students majoring in Biochemistry can prepare to direct projects and teams with a professional minor in Applied Management, opening doors to leadership careers in the scientific industry, clinical management, or business.

Stevenson Biochemistry

At a Glance


Areas of health professions graduate schools our alumni attend (medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant)


Fields for student research with faculty, including various medical therapeutics, analysis of metal-protein interactions, and computational models in HIV research

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