Bachelor Degree (B.S.) in Biochemistry
STUDY SCIENCE, GROW IN TRUTH
When you study biochemistry at Belmont Abbey College, you’ll join a department with an outstanding record of student acceptance into medical, graduate schools, and other pre-professional programs. You’ll benefit from intensive study of the natural and chemical world around you and enhance your mind in our state-of-the-art lab facilities. By working from the foundation of the Catholic and Benedictine tradition, you will have the tools to become not only a competent scientist, but also a noble citizen who can promote the common good.
Possible career paths:
Medical school, chemical engineering, forensic science, drug and food testing, pharmaceutical research and development
OVER 95% MED SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE RATE
In addition to the specific requirements listed in the section below, all students at the Abbey are required to earn credits in our core liberal arts curriculum.
In addition to the other Core Curriculum requirements, the following are specific core requirements:
BI 101: General Biology (required)
MA 201: Calculus I (required)
CH 105: General Chemistry I (required)
BI 201: Cell Biology
BI 215: Research Methods in Biology
BI 300: Genetics
BI 308: or BI 422 Microbiology or Molecular
BI 407: and BI 408 Coordinating Seminars I and II
CH 106: General Chemistry II
CH 221 and 222: Organic Chemistry I and II
CH 317: Analytical Chemistry
CH 401: Thermodynamics
CH 405: Modern Chemistry
BC 316: Biochemistry
BC 318: Biochemistry Metabolism
BC 320: Biochemistry Techniques
MA 202: Calculus II
PY 201 and 202: Physics I and II
TH 332: Bioethics in Catholic Tradition
General elective hours – 3 hours
Credits earned through internships are not counted toward the major. They are counted as elective hours toward graduation and are graded on a pass/fail basis.
To graduate with a degree in Biology, students must attain a “C” average calculated over all of their Biology courses and must pass a Department comprehensive examination given in their senior year.
*It is the student’s responsibility to verify that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.
This course looks at the structure of cells and the mechanisms that underlie the basic structure of all living things on Earth. This course also explores how the internal structure of cells directly affects their functions.
Biochemistry applies the details of organic molecules, their synthesis, and reactions to better understand biological processes at the molecular level. Looking at protein structures and metabolic pathways, you will come away with a greater understanding and appreciation of the intricacies found in living organisms.
Students pursuing a biochemistry degree at Belmont Abbey College are strongly encouraged to pursue summer internship and research opportunities to broaden their base of knowledge and experience.
More about the experience
DAVID WILSON ‘23
“The new Biochemistry major at Belmont Abbey College is a challenging yet rewarding academic experience that I am thoroughly enjoying. The dedication and passion of the professors within the science department makes even the most difficult classes fascinating and enjoyable. I am continually impressed by the willingness of the professors to go out of their way to help the students and set them up for success in the sciences. I would definitely recommend the program to interested and motivated individuals who possess an interest in biology and chemistry.”
TriBeta Honors Society
The Biology Department maintains the Tau Upsilon Chapter of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honorary Society, commonly known as TriBeta. Students who meet the criteria are inducted in a ceremony each year. TriBeta sponsors speakers, a road clean-up twice a year as part of the Adopt-a-Highway program, and other activities. The department has a scholarship fund to offer support to outstanding Biology juniors and seniors.