Biochemistry, B.S.

Mission

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 offers two concentrations. The premedical concentration is designed especially for those students planning a career in health professions and the requirements for schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and medical technology can be met within this major. The General Biochemistry concentration prepares one for graduate school and careers in a variety of bioscience programs. Biochemistry majors have excellent opportunities for employment 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, mechanistic, and 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.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Biochemistry majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 6 credits in science and mathematics. The foreign language requirement is met by two years in high school or 4 credits of college foreign language.
Program Courses
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 (32 credits) include:
BIOS 312Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 332Genetics4
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 411General Biochemistry I3
CHEM 412General Biochemistry II3
CHEM 413Laboratory in General Biochemistry2
PHSC 460Capstone Seminar1
Select 10 credits of electives from the following: 1,210
Fundamentals of Organismal Biology
Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory
Physiology
Microbiology
Neurobiology
Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology
Vertebrate Physiology
Developmental Biology
Immunology
Environmental Chemistry
Fundamentals of Material Science
Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry II
Special Topics in Chemistry
Directed Research or Internship
Calculus II
Biostatistics
General Physics III: Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
Computer Techniques in Science and Engineering
Total Credits67

Concentration

Pre-Medical Studies

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Biochemistry majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 6 credits in science and mathematics. The foreign language requirement is met by two years in high school or 4 credits of college foreign language.
The following Core Curriculum Behavioral Science course is required for this concentration:
PSYC 200 (waived for Torrey Honors students)
Program Courses
Required lower-division courses (29 credits) include:
BIOS 111Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 113Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 112Fundamentals of Organismal Biology3
BIOS 114Fundamentals of Organismal 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 (34 credits) include:
BIOS 312Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 322Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology1
BIOS 332Genetics4
BIOS 381Advanced Physiology4
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 302Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 311Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I1
CHEM 312Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II1
CHEM 350Analytical Chemistry5
CHEM 411General Biochemistry I3
CHEM 412General Biochemistry II3
CHEM 413Laboratory in General Biochemistry2
PHSC 460Capstone Seminar1
Select 6 credits of electives from the following: 16
Human Anatomy
Microbiology
Neurobiology
Nutrition and Metabolism
Nutrition and Metabolism Lab
Advanced Microbiology
Developmental Biology
Immunology
General Virology
Environmental Chemistry
Fundamentals of Material Science
Inorganic Chemistry
Introduction to Physical Chemistry
Introduction to Food Chemistry
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry II
Special Topics in Chemistry
Directed Research or Internship
Calculus II
Biostatistics
Computer Techniques in Science and Engineering
Circuits and Instrumentation I
Special Topics in Physical Science
Total Credits69

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Biochemistry, B.S.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
CHEM 1054BIOS 1113
MATH 1054BIOS 1131
PHSC 1241CHEM 1064
ENGL 100 or 1123HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253
GNST 1021KNES 1071
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
CHEM 3013BBST 2513
CHEM 3111CHEM 3023
PHSC 111
PHSC 117 (or PHSC 132 & 134)
4CHEM 3121
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3PHSC 112
PHSC 118 (or PHSC 233 & 237)
4
 14 14
Total Credits 28
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 3543
BIOS 3123CHEM 380 or 4023
CHEM 4113CHEM 4123
CHEM, BIOS or PHSC Elective (see catalog for list)3CHEM 4132
CHEM, BIOS or PHSC Elective (upper-division) (see catalog for list)3Behavioral Science (see Sore Curriculum)3
ENGL 3133Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
Writing Competency RequirementGraduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 18 17
Total Credits 35
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 465 (Christianity & Nat Sci - required)3
BIOS 3324BBST 306, 316, or 3263
CHEM 3505CHEM, BIOS or PHSC Elective (see catalog for list)4
Communication (see Core Curriculum)3PHSC 4601
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 16 14
Total Credits 30

Biochemistry, B.S. Pre-Medical Studies

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
CHEM 1054BIOS 1113
MATH 1054BIOS 1131
PHSC 1241CHEM 1064
ENGL 100 or 1123PSYC 200 (required)3
GNST 1021KNES 1071
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
CHEM 3013BBST 2513
CHEM 3111CHEM 3023
PHSC 111
PHSC 117 (or PHSC 132 & 134)
4CHEM 3121
BIOS 1123PHSC 112
PHSC 118 (or PHSC 233 & 237)
4
BIOS 1141Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253 
 18 17
Total Credits 35
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 3543
BIOS 3123CHEM 4123
CHEM 4113CHEM 4132
BIOS 3814CHEM, BIOS or PHSC Elective (upper-division) (see catalog for list)3
ENGL 3133Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
Writing Competency Requirement 
 17 14
Total Credits 31
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 465 (Christianity & Nat Sci - required)3
CHEM 3505BBST 306, 316, or 3263
BIOS 3324CHEM, BIOS or PHSC Elective (see catalog for list)4
Communication (see Core Curriculum)3PHSC 4601
 Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 15 14
Total Credits 29