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This Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is offered jointly by the departments of biology and chemistry, with six full-time professors with Ph.D.'s in either biochemistry or molecular biology. This degree provides a strong interdisciplinary foundation that is attractive to employers, graduate schools, and professional programs such as medical, dental, and physician assistant. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology majors complete rigorous coursework in biochemistry; genetics; cell and molecular biology; organic, analytical, and physical chemistry; along with supporting courses in math, physics, and general education. Students have the opportunity to do significant research alongside established faculty and earn the distinction of an American Chemical Society-approved Biochemistry/Molecular Biology degree.

Why should I study biochemistry/molecular biology?

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology is an interdisciplinary field that applies the tools of chemistry and physics to biological systems in order to understand their chemical composition, function, and organization. Students will learn how to think independently, solve problems, and gain a broad understanding of the principles that govern biological systems at a molecular level.

Students have the opportunity for an education that is second-to-none, working alongside professors focused on teaching courses for and doing research with undergraduate students. Students will have all the benefits of two world-class departments, working alongside highly-qualified professors in Bethel's Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry. This challenging degree is pursued within a supportive, Christian environment.

What can I do with this degree?

Recent Bethel graduates earning the B.S. degree have gone on to Ph.D. programs in biochemistry, biology, and chemistry. Our graduates are employed in education and at companies such as 3M, R&D systems, Beckman Coulter, and Ecolab. The biochemistry major is extremely popular for students who go on to professional programs in medicine, physician assistant, dental school, doctor of osteopathic medicine, and optometry.

  • Sarah P. ’11, Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Minnesota
  • Paul D. ’11, M.D., Loma Linda
  • Matt F. ’11, M.D., University of Minnesota
  • Kailey S. ’11, Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Minnesota
  • Kaitlyn O. ’11, M.D., University of Minnesota
  • Hannah H. ’11, M.D., Loma Linda University
  • Jed A. ’12, M.D., University of South Dakota
  • Erika B. ’12, P.A., Bethel University
  • James C. ’12, Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Minnesota
  • Trevor F. ’12, O.D., Michigan College of Optometry
  • Jenna W. ’12, D.O., Des Moines University
  • Molly H. ’12, M.A.T., Bethel University
  • Zac M. ’12, M.D., Michigan State University
  • Nathan M. ’12, D.O., Des Moines University
  • Tyler S. ’12, M.D., Loma Linda University
  • Nate T. ’12, D.O., Des Moines University

What skills will I develop?

  • Real-world research skills in a broad range of areas
  • Hands-on experience using research-grade instruments
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Experimental design, implementation and interpretation
  • Critical and creative thinking for solving problems
  • Reading, writing, and presentation of scientific ideas and experimental results

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

All biochemistry/molecular biology majors participate in junior and senior research projects in collaboration with faculty from either the biology or chemistry departments, including presenting their results at regional and national conferences. Many students participate in full-time paid summer research at Bethel or are accepted into research and internship positions across the country. Students will use state-of-the-art instrumentation in their courses and research. In addition to the core courses, there are also opportunities to study abroad and pursue coursework in special topics.

0 biology students have received scholarships for summer research projects (in last decade)

Top 0% of chemistry programs nationally

- Major Field Test results

0 acres of on-campus outdoor laboratories

News Feed

Bethel Alumna Participates in Nobel Week

December 05, 2017 | 4:30 p.m.

Aeli Olson ’17, a chemistry and physics double major, received the Swedish Council of America Scholarship that allows her this week to participate in the Nobel Awards Ceremonies in Stockholm.

From Blood to Blocks

October 24, 2017 | 5 p.m.

For Rick ’97 and Amy Hendel ’99, a winding career path brought them to their true love: designing top-quality homes.

Mitch Duininck ’81 named College of Arts & Sciences Alumnus of the Year

October 04, 2017 | 4 p.m.

The Tulsa-based physician is a three-time Bethel parent, residency program and non-profit director, and world traveler—with a clear mission.

Event Feed

FEB 6 2018

Fatty Liver and Tobacco

11:15 a.m. University Library Fireside Lounge

Learn more about how lipids are stored in mouse liver cells and tobacco leaves.

MAY 5 2018

Biology Banquet

4:45 p.m. Alumni Lounge

Alumni can hear updates on the department as well as what current students are researching

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