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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
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Student Testimonials

Dr. Bonnie HallDr. Bonnie Hall

“Dr. Hall helped me get back to Grand view.” - Blaze Kahikina

“I have been struggling with multiple health issues throughout this semester. Dr. Hall has gone above and beyond to make accommodations for me and to look out for me academically, physically, and emotionally. She is constantly pushing students to get the very best out of their education and creates inspiration in the daunting field of biochemistry. Because of Dr. Hall I have a greater love for biochemistry and for research. She has introduced me to multiple wonderful opportunities to help me grow and become a better scientist. Dr. Hall is a true inspiration to me and I can't describe in words how appreciative I am for all of her help and support. Thank you for being such an amazing mentor!” - Alli Rupert

“Dr. Hall helped me with my academic processes, like my class scheduling, change of major when I needed to, critical advising about biochemistry, and many more.” - Abubakar Barau

“She encouraged me and gave me confidence to get things done when I didn't think I could do it. She understood me, but also didn't let me take the easy way out.” - Grant Weldon

“She talked me through it when I felt lost in what major I wanted to pursue. She was honest and supportive of what I wanted to pursue and helped me feel at peace with my decision. She also helped by writing a recommendation for a scholarship. I really appreciate everything she has done for me and she really deserves to be recognized for it!” - Alexa Pinos


Dr. Grant KnottsDr. Grant Knotts

“Before taking Dr. Knotts physics courses, I couldn’t even do basic algebra. His encouragement led me to be successful in a class I thought that I would surely fail. As a new professor to Grand View, I think that he has created a classroom environment that any student can thrive in.” ?- Robin Fenton


Dr. Xiang MaDr. Xiang Ma

“Dr. Xiang Ma was my introduction to research and has pushed me to become a more confident student. He has believed in me and has encouraged me to further my education and life after college.”


Dr. Corbin ZeaDr. Corbin Zea

“Dr. Zea is always willing to help with more than just classes and is very easy to get along with and talk to. He gets to know students on a personal level rather than just as another student.” - Tyler Henze

“Dr. Zea is my advisor but has also been my professor for multiple classes. He always makes time for me even outside of his office hours. He is also one of the most enthusiastic professors I know.” - Sunnie Baumgartner

“Dr. Zea brings a whole other level of enthusiasm to his classes that you don't see from other professors. This makes classes more enjoyable and easier to learn.” - Elma Omanovic

Pre-professional Preparation

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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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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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