Bachelor of Science

A strong foundation in biochemistry offers a student an in depth understanding of biologic functions from the molecular level up; an understanding of the formulation of drugs and pharmaceuticals and how they interact with the biochemistry of the organism (person) as a whole; a richer and deeper understanding of related subjects such as molecular biology, microbiology, and pathology; skills in using mathematics to model, simulate, and understand biologic processes and trends in research data; and academic preparation essential for medical schools or biomedical graduate research programs.





The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry program at Jessup University provides students with the foundational knowledge of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry. It will also incorporate coursework in the social sciences, English composition, and communication. Upon completion of this program, graduates will have a firm understanding of the types and mechanisms of chemical reactions that are relevant and essential for human function and analyze conditions that promote and/or interfere with healthful biochemical functions. They will be well prepared for advanced training in medical school, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, and biochemistry research. In addition to the benefit of a biochemistry degree for medical school, the demand for biochemists is expected to increase by 15% by 2030. This program will also retain the anchor courses of Origins and Senior Seminar (Capstone).

  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical mastery of the chemical and biological principles that serve as the foundation of biochemistry.

  • Develop scientific literacy, including strategies for review and evaluation of the primary literature, comprehension of experimental design and application, and careful evaluation of content information.

  • Perform appropriate laboratory techniques and mastery of basic laboratory skills in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in problem-solving and applying the scientific method to scientific questions.

  • Effectively describe chemistry, biology, and biochemistry concepts and discoveries through oral, written, and visual communication.

  • Recognize and develop connections between biochemistry and other academic disciplines.

  • Develop a worldview that integrates scientifically informed perspectives with God’s Word and a respect for his creation.

  • Small class sizes

  • Personalized advising

  • Expert, industry-leading faculty

  • Foundational knowledge of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry

  • Targeted employability skills for success

  • Highly marketable program for a pre-med degree

  • Preparation for advanced training in medical school, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, and biochemistry research

Program Courses:

  • MATH140 | Calculus I

  • BIOL101 / 101L | Principles of Biology I w/ Lab

  • BIOL102 / 102L | Principles of Biology II w/ Lab

  • BIOL176 | Origins: Intersection of Faith & Science

  • BIOL498 | Biology Senior Seminar

  • CHEM110 / 110L | General Chemistry I w/Lab

  • CHEM 111/ 111L | General Chemistry II w/ Lab

  • CHEM210 / 210L | Organic Chemistry I w/Lab

  • CHEM310 / 310L | Organic Chemistry II w/ Lab

  • CHEM321 / 321L | Biochemistry I 

  • CHEM322 | Biochemistry II 

  • CHEM 322L | Biochemistry Lab 

  • PHYS101 / 101L | Physics for Life Science I w/ Lab

  • PHYS111 / 111L | Physics for Life Science II w/ Lab

Electives: 12 units (must include at least one from each category)

  • Math elective

    • Statistics

    • Calculus II

  • Upper Division Biology electives

    • Microbiology w/ Lab 

    • Genetics

    • Pathophysiology

    • Nutrition & Metabolism 

    • Biopsychology

    • Biology Internship

  • Upper Division Chemistry electives

    • Physical Chemistry I w/Lab

    • Inorganic Chemistry w/ Lab

    • Environmental Chemistry w/ Lab

u003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eChemistry Minor Courses (24-25 units)*u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003culu003enu003cliu003eCHEM 110/L | General Chemistry I w/Labu0026nbsp;u003cemu003e(5 units)u003c/emu003eu003c/liu003enu003cliu003eCHEM 111/L | General Chemistry II w/Labu0026nbsp;u003cemu003e(5 units)u003c/emu003eu003c/liu003enu003cliu003eCHEM 106/L Intro to Organic u0026amp; Bio Chemistry w/Lab or CHEM 210/L | Organic Chemistry I w/Labu0026nbsp;u003cemu003e(5 units)u003c/emu003eu003c/liu003enu003cliu003eChemistry Electives (Choose two)u003cemu003e(9-10 units)u003c/emu003e:nu003culu003enu003cliu003eCHEM 211/L | Organic Chemistry II w/Labu003c/liu003enu003cliu003eESCI 320/L | Environmental Chemistry w/Labu003c/liu003enu003cliu003eCHEM 350/L | Inorganic Chemistry w/Labu003c/liu003enu003c/ulu003enu003c/liu003enu003c/ulu003enu003cpu003e*A minimum of 13 units must be used uniquely towards a Chemistry Minor, and not applied towards any other degree requirements. Therefore, if General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry are required for a studentu0026rsquo;s declared major, additional chemistry electives must be taken to satisfy a minimum of 25 units, including a minimum of 13 units uniquely applied towards the Chemistry Minor.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eTo view all courses and course descriptions, please see ouru0026nbsp;u003ca href=u0022 Academic Catalog.u003c/au003eu003c/pu003e
u003cpu003eThis program consists of three research- and field-oriented courses within the Biodiversity Study Program that provide a rich undergraduate experience, emphasizing academic excellence and research exploration for academically gifted students.This program provides an additional 15 units of specialized study and scholarly research beyond the original degree requirements which allows graduates to have special recognition upon graduation.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu003cstrongu003eFor the additional 15 units that are required, choose from the following:u003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003enu003culu003enu003cliu003eESCI 442 Field Research in Ecologyu003cemu003eu0026nbsp;(5 units)u003c/emu003eu003c/liu003enu003cliu003eESCI 497 Research Assistantship in the Environmental Scienceu003cemu003eu0026nbsp;(up to 2 semesters at 5 units each).u003c/emu003eu003c/liu003enu003cliu003eBIOL 495 Molecular Methods (5 units)u003c/liu003enu003c/ulu003enu003cpu003eStudents taking these courses will participate directly in the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Megatransect research (see below). Students may choose to enroll separately in the field course on the PCT (ESCI 442 Field Research in Ecology, see course description below), or either of the other two courses (ESCI 497 Research Assistantship, BIOL 495 Molecular Methods) and students may apply these courses as upper division credit toward their degree at their respective institutions. Students may also choose to enroll in the complete Honors Program (15 additional semester units beyond the studentu0026rsquo;s original degree requirements). See below for course requirements for the Honors Program.u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eThe field course on the PCT (ESCI 442) is open to both WJU and non-WJU students across majors (both science and non-science majors) of good academic standing and who have good observation skills, a desire for adventure, ability to work in a wilderness setting, and a passion for science (see application materials for students qualifications). The Honors Program is also open to WJU and non-WJU students across majors in natural sciences (e.g., environmental science, biology, etc.).u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu0026nbsp;u003c/pu003enu003ch2u003eApply to the Programu003c/h2u003enu003cpu003ePlease complete and submit theu0026nbsp;u003ca href=u0022 Program Form.u003c/au003eu003c/pu003e

Stephanie Everhart, Ph.D.

Program Advisor

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