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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is offered jointly by the departments of biology and chemistry. This degree provides a strong interdisciplinary foundation in biochemistry and molecular biology 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. At Bethel, courses are taught by faculty with doctorates and ongoing research in their specific disciplines. Students have the opportunity to 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 research with undergraduate students. 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 (in progress)

Paul D. ’11, M.D., Loma Linda (in progress)

Matt F. ’11, M.D., University of Minnesota (in progress)

Kailey S. ’11, Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Minnesota (in progress)

Kaitlyn O. ’11, M.D., University of Minnesota(in progress)

Hannah H. ’11, M.D., Loma Linda University (in progress)

Jed A. ’12, M.D., University of South Dakota (in progress)

Erika B. ’12, P.A., Bethel University (in progress)

James C. ’12, Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Minnesota (in progress)

Trevor F. ’12, O.D., Michigan College of Optometry (in progress)

Jenna W. ’12, D.O., Des Moines University (in progress)

Molly H. ’12, M.A.T., Bethel University

Zac M. ’12, M.D., Michigan State University (in progress)

Nathan M. ’12, D.O., Des Moines University (in progress)

Tyler S. ’12, M.D., Loma Linda University (in progress)

Nate T. ’12, D.O., Des Moines University (in progress)

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 both a junior and senior research project in collaboration with a faculty member 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.

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