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Bethel’s B.A. in Biochemistry provides great opportunities to develop a strong science background as you prepare for your career. You’ll build a foundation that is attractive to employers and graduate schools. As a slightly less exhaustive sister major to the B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the B.A. in Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary major that offers more opportunities for customization and is a great option for students pursuing more than one major.

Why should I study biochemistry?

Biochemistry is the in-depth study of the chemical processes that underlie all living systems in the world. Biochemistry applies the tools of chemistry and physics to biological systems in order to understand their chemical composition, function, and organization.

It’s a great choice if you're considering health sciences and pre-professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, law, and pharmacy. The program is tailored to be a great option if you wish to pursue two or more majors to build a robust base of skills for your career.

What can I do with this degree?

Biochemistry will provide you with a base of strong science skills. The major is a great option if you're considering pharmaceutical or physician assistant programs. Graduates also go on to Ph.D. programs in biochemistry, biology, and chemistry. Our department 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 the medical field. However, students considering medical school to become physicians or doctors of osteopathic medicine would be better suited for the B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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?

As you gain a broad understanding of the principles that govern biological systems at a molecular level, you’ll learn how to think independently and solve problems. All biochemistry/molecular biology majors participate in junior and senior research projects in collaboration with faculty. 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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