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Biochemistry

The Biochemistry program will engage, equip and empower you to meet the challenges of the field, and you’ll be ready for a satisfying career in the sciences.  In this program you’ll investigate the fundamentals of the chemistry of living organisms, and you can tailor the major to your individual needs and goals.

Opportunity to engage in research…
As a Biochemistry major, you’ll conduct and participate in research projects that have real world applications.  Aside from enabling you to develop laboratory techniques and critical thinking skills that will provide a foundation for graduate school or a scientific career, this experience will engage you in answering some of nature’s questions that remain unanswered. You’ll have experienced Grand View professors equipped with diverse backgrounds readily available to help you reach your goals. 
 

With smaller classes, you’ll get deeply involved in the learning process, as well as get to know classmates who share your excitement for the science and probably have many of the same questions you do.

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Courses and Requirements

Departmental Courses in the Core:

  • Chemistry for the Nonscientist
  • Fundamentals of Organic Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry I
  • Physical Science
  • Contemporary Issues in Science
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Introduction to Physics I
  • General Physics I

Prerequisite Courses:

  • General Biology I
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Calculus I with Analytic Geometry OR
  • Applied Statistics

Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:

  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Biochemistry
  • Senior Seminar
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Research in Chemistry
  • Introduction to Physics I and
  • Introduction to Physics II D D
  • OR
  • General Physics I and
  • General Physics II

Choose one of the following:

  • Plant Physiology
  • Mammalian Physiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Internship
  • Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • Calculus with Analytic Geometry II

 For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

As a Biochemistry graduate, you could attend graduate school for chemistry, biochemistry, cell or molecular biology, or pharmacology.  You could also attend a professional school for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, occupational or physical therapy, or chiropractic care.  Or you could enter the workforce directly in a variety of biochemistry-related positions, such as a laboratory or research assistant.

You could work as...
Research Scientist
Analytical Chemist
Quality Control Chemist
Biochemist
Synthetic Chemist
Organic Chemist
Environmental Chemist
Pharmaceutical Chemist
Polymer Chemist
Technical Sales Representative
Pharmaceutical Sales
Teacher/Professor
Attorney (especially in the area of patents)

You could work for...
Governmental Agencies (EPA, DHS, NIH)
Pharmaceutical companies (Merck, Pfizer)
Agribusiness (Monsanto, Pioneer)
Colleges and Universities

Reference Documents

2013-14 Requirements

Biochemistry Major

2012-13 Requirements

Biochemistry Major

2010-12 Requirements

Biochemistry Major