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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


    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 objectives for the Biochemistry program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Objectives

    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 through the university's B.S. to M.S. Option.   

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  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    Course Sequence


    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 100 OR First Year 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 Digital Information Literacy for Chemistry
    CHEM 313 Career Connections in Chemistry
    MATH 220 Calculus I
    PHYS 210 General Physics I
    PHYS 215 General Physics I with Calculus
    PHYS 211 General Physics II
    PHYS 216 General Physics II with Calculus
    SCI 215 Writing in the Sciences

    Senior Capstone Experiences (Select One):

    BIOCH 450 Senior Research Capstone 
    BIOCH 460 Senior Research Capstone
    BIOCH 460H Honors Senior Research Capstone
    BIOCH 455 Senior Internship Capstone
    BIOCH 465 Senior Internship Capstone
    BIOCH 465H Honors Senior Internship Capstone

    ++ 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 310 Cell Biology
    BIO 313 Virology
    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
    BIO 425 Mammalian Nutrition
    BIOCH 362 Independent Research Experience in Biochemistry
    BIOCH 365 Independent Laboratory Research in Biochemistry
    CHEM 206 Herbal Medicines and Remedies
    CHEM 221 Inorganic Chemistry
    CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry
    CHEM 330 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    CHEM 340 Medicinal and Drug Chemistry
    CHEM 346L Integrative Laboratory II
    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: 6/25/2018

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    A minor is not offered in biochemistry. 

    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. 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 Sciences 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.

    Last Updated: 6/07/2017

Earn a Minor

Lead and 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.

Professional minors


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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

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

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