BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Delve deep into the mysteries of life at the cellular level in preparation for a scientific career.

Houston Christian University’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree program bridges biology and chemistry, uncovering insights into life’s intricacies at the cellular level.

An education in both biochemistry and molecular biology imparts a holistic understanding of life on the smallest scales, along with the flexibility to specialize in either discipline at the graduate level and broaden potential research and career opportunities.

Our distinguished faculty guide you in innovative scientific discovery framed within the context of Christian faith and values. As a biochemistry major at HCU, dive into life’s molecular blueprints and embark on a journey to pioneer new knowledge in areas like medicine, agriculture, and fitness.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Degree Requirements

The BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program curriculum offers an integrative study of the molecular mechanisms that underpin biological processes. Complementing HCU’s core general education subjects, this major presents a harmonious blend of rigorous scientific training and spiritual insights.

To begin the four-year degree, you will complete core requirements, as well as electives in biochemistry and molecular biology and applied laboratory courses. Then, you will take advanced coursework in your final two years.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Degree Plan

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Courses

As a student in the BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program, experience diverse, practical coursework supported by advanced lab facilities. Courses you may take include:

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Principles of Physics I and II
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Bioanalytical Methods
  • Integrating Biological Concepts

Learn more about our specialized lab courses.

What Can I Do With a Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology?

Earning a biochemistry and molecular biology degree from HCU propels you into a realm of vast potential. Our program imparts interdisciplinary expertise, enabling you to navigate both cellular intricacies and broader molecular dynamics.

This foundation offers unparalleled flexibility in career and postgraduate pursuits, allowing you to pursue your life’s work in areas from genetic expression and DNA to the chemical structures that occur in human, plant, and animal life.

Career Outcomes

The College of Science and Engineering provides you with the interdisciplinary training necessary for success in dynamic and fulfilling scientific careers.

The biochemistry and molecular biology major incorporates the experiences and coursework that fuel the pursuit of spaces in medical school, dental school, and graduate programs in the biological and biochemical sciences, in addition to entry-level employment in research labs at academic institutions and in industries including:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Agriculture and food science
  • Environmental science
  • Forensics
  • Cosmetics and consumer products
  • Energy sector
  • Government and non-profit organizations

Graduate poised for careers at the forefront of your field through a foundation in interdisciplinary sciences, research opportunities, and career-centric guidance and find meaningful employment as a chemist, chemical safety expert, lab technician, and more.

Prepare for Advanced Education and Professions

Beyond immediate employment, a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from HCU is an exceptional springboard for advanced study in pursuit of roles such as biochemist or college-level instructor.

As a graduate, you are prepared to pursue specialized training in medicine, healthcare, biomedical research, or genetic counseling or pursue advanced pathways in academia, education, and public health.

HCU’s curriculum, combined with our commitment to individualized guidance, ensures your readiness to apply to graduate or professional schools. In addition to the Career and Calling staff, the Professional Experience Office (PXO) is a hub for preparedness in advance of graduate school or additional professional programs and offers tailored career advice.

Explore the Professional Experience Office’s wealth of career services and resources.

Opportunities for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Majors

Academic Excellence and Honors Program

For those aiming high, the College of Science and Engineering offers a specialized honors program for biochemistry and molecular biology majors. Available after the first few semesters to students in good academic standing, this program provides remarkable opportunities for undergraduate scholars, including self-directed research, publication opportunities, and preparation for advanced study.

Excel, publish, and stand out with this elite academic pathway. Explore the biochemistry degree honors program.

Hands-on Lab Experience

Research and scientific development are right at your fingertips as a biochemistry and molecular biology major at HCU. Science and engineering laboratories provide you with real-world experiences, ensuring you are not just ready for the future but actively shaping it.

Whether dissecting cellular interactions or observing complex biochemical reactions, working shoulder-to-shoulder with faculty prepares you in critical disciplines with the tools used in your future careers.

Learn more about undergraduate research opportunities outside of those built into the core biochemistry curriculum.

Connect With Peers and Professionals

From internships with local biochemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech companies to leading student-run clubs and organizations, join a vibrant community of scholars, researchers, and professionals in the BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program.

Connect with peers who share your passion and curiosity and participate in networking events through communities such as:

Explore the full range of clubs and networks available at HCU.

Related Degrees

At HCU, we recognize your academic journey is for you to craft. Explore customized pathways that align with your calling.

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: Focus on the study of living organisms, their systems, and interactions. Coursework covers areas like genetics, ecology, and physiology.
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: Train in organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry to explore the science of matter and its reactions.
  • Bachelor of Science in Science Studies: An interdisciplinary approach to the sciences that offers a broad foundation across multiple scientific disciplines, including biology, chemistry, and physics.

Admissions and Aid

Begin your transformative journey into the world of biochemistry and molecular biology at Houston Christian University.

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Become a Biochemistry Major at Houston Christian University

HCU’s Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree awaits at the intersection of rigorous scientific exploration and unwavering Christian values. Let us guide you on a journey where molecular wonders meet spiritual insights in the most versatile sense, shaping both your career and your character.

Ready to embark on the adventure? Apply to HCU today.