Biochemistry, B.S.


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.

Degree Program

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:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles of biochemistry (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate an ability to solve quantitative and conceptual technical problems related to biochemistry (ULO 1).
  3. Demonstrate safe laboratory technique, proper use of appropriate equipment, and suitable results and data analysis (ULO 1).
  4. Obtain and use appropriate biochemical literature and resource materials (ULO 1).
  5. 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).

GPA Requirements

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.

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements
Biochemistry majors automatically meet the general education 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.
Core Requirements
Required lower division courses (25 credits) include:
BIOS 111Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 113Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory1
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
MATH 105Calculus I4
PHSC 124Data Analysis and Presentation1
Select one of the following two options:8
Option 1:
Physics I
Physics I Laboratory
Physics II
Physics II Laboratory
Option 2:
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 312Cell and Molecular Biology3
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 302Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 311Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I1
CHEM 312Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II1
CHEM 350Analytical Chemistry5
CHEM 380Introduction to Physical Chemistry3
or CHEM 402 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 411Biochemistry I3
CHEM 412Biochemistry II3
CHEM 413Laboratory in Biochemistry2
PHSC 460Capstone Seminar1
Elective Requirements
Select 7 credits of electives from the following: 17
Fundamentals of Organismal Biology
Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory
Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology
Vertebrate Physiology
Developmental Biology
Environmental Chemistry
Fundamentals of Material Science
Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry II
Special Topics in Chemistry
Special Project in Chemistry
Calculus II
General Physics III: Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
Computer Techniques in Science and Engineering
Circuits and Instrumentation I
Special Topics in Physical Science
Total Credits60

 3 credits must be upper-division