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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% 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.
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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.

Courses and Tracks


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 1 credit
BIO 112 Principles of General Biology 3 credits
BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics 3 credits
BIO 113L General Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics 1 credit
BIO 230 Genetics 4 credits
BIOCH 327 Biochemistry 3 credits
BIOCH 345L Integrative Laboratory I 2 credits
BIOCH 427 Advanced Biochemistry 3 credits
BIOCH 470 Capstone Internship 3 credits
BIOCH 471 Capstone Internship 6 credits
BIOCH 475 Capstone Seminar 3 credits
CHEM 114 General Chemistry I with Problem Solving 3 credits
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 115L General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 credit
CHEM 116 General Chemistry II 3 credits
CHEM 116L General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 credit
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1 credit
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II 3 credits
CHEM 211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1 credit
CHEM 213 Digital Information Literacy for Chemistry 1 credit
CHEM 313 Career Connections in Chemistry 1 credit
MATH 220 Calculus I 4 credits
PHYS 210 General Physics I 4 credits
PHYS 215 General Physics I with Calculus 4 credits
PHYS 211 General Physics II 4 credits
PHYS 216 General Physics II with Calculus 4 credits
SCI 215 Writing in the Sciences 3 credits


Elective courses Group 1

Select two from the following list:

BIO 310 Cell Biology 3 credits
BIO 330 Molecular Genetics 4 credits
CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 430 Physical Chemistry 3 credits


Elective courses Group 2

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

BIO 203 Microbiology 4 credits
BIO 280 Nutrition Science 3 credits
BIO 313 Virology 3 credits
BIO 322 Human Physiology 4 credits
BIO 332 Epidemiology 3 credits
BIO 335 Immunology 4 credits
BIO 362 Independent Research Experience in Biology 2 credits
BIO 365 Independent Laboratory Research in Biology 3 credits
BIOCH 362 Independent Research Experience in Biochemistry 2 credits
BIOCH 365 Independent Laboratory Research in Biochemistry 3 credits
CHEM 206 Herbal Medicines and Remedies 3 credits
CHEM 221 Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 346L Integrative Laboratory II 2 credits
CHEM 362 Independent Laboratory Research in Chemistry 2 credits
CHEM 365 Independent Laboratory Research in Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 431 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics 3 credits
CHEM 432 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics 3 credits
CHEM 435 Special Topics in Chemistry 3 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

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

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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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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