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The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is to train and mentor students to become skilled scientists who will glorify God and be good stewards of His creation as they serve others in research, health care, academia, and industry.
A Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of living systems; thus this interdisciplinary program requires upper-division course work both in biology and chemistry. The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry program is designed especially for those students planning a career in health professions. The requirements for schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and medical technology are met within this major. This program also prepares one for graduate school in a variety of bioscience programs. There are excellent opportunities for careers in biotechnical, pharmaceutical and environmental businesses and governmental agencies.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles of biochemistry (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate an ability to solve quantitative and conceptual technical problems related to biochemistry (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate safe laboratory technique, proper use of appropriate equipment, and suitable results and data analysis (ULO 1).
- Obtain and use appropriate biochemical literature and resource materials (ULO 1).
- Summarize the key issues in science and faith and recognize the harmony possible while studying God's creation (ULO 1, 2, and 3).
Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.
Integration Seminar Requirement
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree program are required to take BBST 465 as Christianity and the Natural Sciences, or another approved Integration Seminar topic (see advisor).
To continue in the program a student is required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in their first year of chemistry, physics and/or math courses taken at Biola. Depending on the major, these courses may include: CHEM 105, CHEM 106, CHEM 301, CHEM 302, CHEM 311, and CHEM 312.
|Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses|
|Biochemistry majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 8 credits of science and mathematics. The foreign language requirement is met by two years in high school or 4 credits of college foreign language.|
|Required lower division courses (25 credits) include:|
|BIOS 111||Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology||3|
|BIOS 113||Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory||1|
|CHEM 105||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 106||General Chemistry II||4|
|MATH 105||Calculus I||4|
|PHSC 124||Data Analysis and Presentation||1|
|Select one of the following two options:||8|
|Physics I Laboratory|
|Physics II Laboratory|
|General Physics I: Mechanics and Heat|
|General Physics I Laboratory|
|General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism|
|General Physics II Laboratory|
|Required upper-division courses (28 credits) include:|
|BIOS 312||Cell and Molecular Biology||3|
|CHEM 301||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 302||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 311||Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I||1|
|CHEM 312||Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II||1|
|CHEM 350||Analytical Chemistry||5|
|CHEM 380||Introduction to Physical Chemistry||3|
|or CHEM 402||Physical Chemistry I|
|CHEM 411||Biochemistry I||3|
|CHEM 412||Biochemistry II||3|
|CHEM 413||Laboratory in Biochemistry||2|
|PHSC 460||Capstone Seminar||1|
|Select 7 credits of electives from the following: 1||7|
|Fundamentals of Organismal Biology|
|Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory|
|Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology|
|Fundamentals of Material Science|
|Physical Chemistry II|
|Special Topics in Chemistry|
|Special Project in Chemistry|
|General Physics III: Waves, Optics and Modern Physics|
|Computer Techniques in Science and Engineering|
|Circuits and Instrumentation I|
|Special Topics in Physical Science|
3 credits must be upper-division