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Biochemistry Major

Accredited by ASBMBBiochemistry is the study of how chemical processes foster life...the chemistry of the living world. As a biochemistry major you will use laboratory techniques and research to study exciting frontiers of science that impact almost every aspect of our lives. You will learn also how to think critically, independently and creatively - skills that will enhance your education and your future career!

Why Grand View?

  • Guaranteed research experience, beginning as early as your first year
  • Experienced faculty researchers to learn from
  • Strong collaboration with other science programs
  • Personal advising to help you achieve your research and career goals
Career Options

At Grand View, you'll be prepared to go on to graduate school, medical school or start a career as a:

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Government Scientist
  • Cosmetic Industry
  • Agriculture
  • University Labs
  • Technician
  • Professional School (Dental, Medical, etc.)
  • Research Scientist
  • Forensic Science
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Law Firms
  • Food Industries
  • Scientific Laboratory

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Requirements for Major (66-71 credits)

BIOL 101 General Biology I 4 credits
BIOL 360 Genetics 4 credits
BIOL 380 Cell Biology 4 credits
BIOL 415 Molecular Biology 4 credits
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 credits
CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry I 5 credits
CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry II 5 credits
CHEM 341 Quantitative Analysis 4 credits
CHEM 351 Biochemistry 3 credits
CHEM 450 Senior Seminar 2 credits
CHEM 452 Advanced Biochemistry 3 credits
CHEM 453 Biochemical Techniques 3 credits
CHEM 499 Research in Chemistry 3 credits
MATH 212
or
MATH 231
or
STAT 241
or
STAT 261
Applied Calculus
or
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
or
Principles of Statistics
or
Applied Statistics
3 credits
or
5 credits
or
4 credits
or
3 credits
PHYS 131 & 132
or
PHYS 241 & 242
Introduction to Physics I and II
or
General Physics I and II
8 credits
or 
10 credits

Choose 1 of the Following

BIOL 325 Plant Physiology 4 credits
BIOL 335 Mammalian Physiology 4 credits
CHEM 361 Physical Chemistry 4 credits
CHEM 399 Internship 3 credits
CHEM 430 Special Topics 3 - 4 credits

ALL these major courses will be counted in computing the 2.2 GPA required for this major.

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Pre-professional Preparation

Elings Hall

Elings Hall is home to the instrumentation facility and analytics lab as well as the cadaver lab, which makes Grand View one of the few private colleges of our size to have one. Located at the corner of East Ninth Street and Grandview Avenue, Elings Hall is a two-story building containing general-purpose classrooms, science laboratories, faculty offices, a greenhouse, and two of the three largest lecture halls on campus.

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Awards and Accomplishments

Alumni

Anani Perez • She is a researcher at Fred Hutch Cancer research institute.

Faculty

Laura Salazar • She received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 2018. 

Bonnie Hall • She received the Excellence in Teaching award in 2017.

Corbin Zea • He received the Excellence in Teaching award in 2016.

Other

Instrumentation grant was awarded for $354,000 in April 2015.

Grow Iowa Value Fund grant for diabetes research was awarded for $50,000 in July 2011.

Research Opportunities

Unlike other schools, Grand View focuses on the importance of undergraduate 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.

Plus, you’ll have experienced Grand View professors equipped with diverse backgrounds readily available to help you reach your goals. This process sets you apart from students from other colleges and universities and makes you very employable, as well as prepared for professional or graduate school.

Science Is Fun

And the opportunities to share your love of science outside the classroom are limitless…be a judge at a local school science fair, attend and present at science conferences, get involved in club activities and community service.

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