Degree in Biochemistry - Majors & Programs | Benedictine College


Bachelor of Science, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Department Overview

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry develops students’ foundations in the chemical sciences that are integral to many disciplines in today’s high-technology society. Successful completion of a chemistry or biochemistry degree prepares students for entry into many different fields including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, materials science, medicinal chemistry, synthesis, environmental, forensics, drug discovery, biotechnology, molecular biology, and research.

Degree Objectives

  • Prepare students for graduate studies in biochemical sciences
  • Prepare students for professional studies in medicine, law, or the allied health sciences.
  • The recommended sequence of courses for the baccalaureate degree in biochemistry also fulfills all requirements for pre-professional preparation in medicine, dentistry, medical technology, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and other health-related programs.

Career Opportunities*

  • Employment of biochemists and biophysicists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The median annual wage for biochemists and biophysicists was $82,180 in May 2016

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Biochemists and Biophysicists.


Gail Blaustein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
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  • Gail Blaustein, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor and Chair
  • Patrisha Bugayong, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Sarah Harris, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Paul Steinbach, Ph.D.
  • Larry Sutton, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

Freshman Year

BIOL-1121General Biology I5
CHEM-1200General Chemistry I3
CHEM-1201General Chemistry I Lab1
MATH-1300Calculus I4
ENGL-1010English Composition3
GNST-1000BC Experience1
BIOL-1122General Biology II4
CHEM-1210General Chemistry II3
CHEM-1211General Chemistry II Lab1
MATH-1350Calculus II4
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
EXSCFitness course1

Sophomore Year

CHEM-2200Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM-2201Organic Chem I Lab1
CHEM-3300Quantitative Analysis3
CHEM-3301Quantitative Analysis Lab1
PHYS-2100Classical Physics I4
Historical Foundation3
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1
CHEM-2210Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM-2211Organic Chem II Lab1
CHEM-3311Instr. Analysis Lab1
PHYS-2110Classical Physics II4
Aesthetic Foundation3
Historical Foundation3
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3

Junior Year

CHEM-3500Biochemistry I3
CHEM-3501Biochemistry I Lab1
CHEM-4900Chem/Biochem Colloq.1
Foreign Language3
Person and Community Foundation3
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
CHEM-3510Biochemistry II3
CHEM-3511Biochem Methods Lab2
CHEM-4901Chem/Biochem Colloq.1
BIOL-4475Molecular and Cell Biology4
Foreign Language4
Faith Foundation3

Senior Year

CHEM-3400Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM-3401Inorganic Chemistry Lab1
CHEM-4550Mechanisms of Catalysis3
CHEM-4902Chem/Biochem Colloq.1
Aesthetic Foundation3
Faith Foundation3
EXSCFitness Course1
CHEM-3800Physical Chem I3
CHEM-3801Physical Chem Lab1
CHEM-4903Chem/Biochem Colloq. (w/ Senior Sem. Presentation)1
BIOC-COMPSenior Comprehensivecr
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of arts in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of science in Chemistry
  • Prospective high school teacher course track
  • Minor in Chemistry