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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.


Alumni Success

100 percent of our Biochemistry graduates have found employment in their field or are enrolled in graduate school within six months after graduation. Our graduates can be found working in Genetics Resources Core Facility at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and University of Maryland School of Medicine Vascular Research Center or studying at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy and the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

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.
Explore the B.S. to M.S. Option

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Career Opportunities

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 Office of Career Services.



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 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)

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

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

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

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


Tracks and 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. For more information on this program, see the Stevenson University Online catalog.

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 the Teaching (MAT) section of the catalog for more information.

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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.
Professional Minors

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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