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BS in Biochemistry



Get hands-on with biochemistry.

Chemistry is literally the study of everything around us: elements that have existed on Earth since its creation are constantly shifting, interacting, and changing from one substance to another. With a BS in Biochemistry from SWU, you will learn to analyze, comprehend, and explain chemical phenomena through hands-on laboratory classes and research opportunities. You’ll also dive deep into the mathematical side of the science, taking courses in physical biochemistry and advanced calculus. Here, you’ll integrate scientific knowledge with a biblical perspective.

Whether you want to work in industry, pursue graduate studies, or solve the world’s problems, a BS in Biochemistry degree will get you started. Understanding biochemistry’s principles will support your growth in other sciences, such as astronomy, biology, engineering, geology, medicine, oceanography, and physics.


Zach Ehrhardt - Biology/Chemistry Major


"The knowledge I received provided a solid base for graduate school. I don't feel like I am falling behind or need to catch up with other people that went to bigger schools."

Nikolai Lambic, Class of 2013


Career Preparation

This program opens the door to many career possibilities including:

  • Chemistry teacher
  • Research chemist/scientist (analytical, inorganic, organic and physical): Chemical manufacturing companies, Pharmaceutical industries, National research laboratories
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Laboratory coordinator
  • Quality Control Chemist
  • Crime Lab Assistant
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Water Purification Chemist
  • Toxicologist

Graduate Schools

Our graduates from this program have been accepted into graduate schools including:

  • Clemson University
  • University of North Dakota – Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program
  • Centers for Disease control
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) – summer research internship

Graduate Areas of Study

  • Graduate school in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology
  • Clinical laboratory sciences
  • Geology
  • Forensic sciences
  • Environmental sciences
  • Engineering
  • Medicine

Graduate Experience

Our graduates have gone into a number of careers and have held jobs with employers such as:

  • Harvard University School of Public Health
  • Clemson University
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Center for Disease Control in Atlanta