Studying biochemistry is important if you have aspirations of pursuing medical school or other healthcare professions. A biochemistry degree is the most recommended major for students who want to go to medical school. By majoring in biochemistry at SBU, you will receive a solid foundation in chemistry and biology that will equip you for further education at graduate or professional schools.
Your biochemistry degree will involve a significant load of science courses in chemistry and biology. The study of biochemistry focuses on the chemistry of biological reactions.
Graduates with a biochemistry degree will usually advance to medical or professional schooling, or pursue graduate-level education in biochemistry. Advanced education in biochemistry would prepare you for research careers, such as pharmaceutical or cancer research.
The biochemistry degree is offered by SBU's College of Science and Mathematics.
SBU is home to the Darrell R. Strait Center for the Integration of Science and Christian Faith, which is intentionally focused on equipping students to study the history and philosophy of science, Biblical hermeneutics, and the integration of science and faith. Faculty encourage discussion of ethical issues that arise in the world of science and challenge students to use their Christian faith as the basis for approaching all issues. SBU believes strongly that science and Christian faith can be integrated and support each other.
As a biochemistry major, you will take a course from the Strait Center — Chemistry Through the Eyes of Faith. You will have the option to add a second major in Integration of Science and Christian Faith by taking the other Strait Center courses including: Methods of Biblical Interpretation, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, and History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.
Pre-Health Society is an open club for students who are interested in pursuing a career in a health-related field. The club meets once a month for group meetings, planning service events and hearing from guest speakers from various health fields. The club is a mix of under and upperclassmen, giving younger students the chance to meet peers and mentors who can encourage them in their chosen fields and through the challenges of pursuing a health-related career.
SBU biochemistry majors have the opportunity to apply for several privately funded departmental scholarships including:
|CHE 1115||General Chemistry I||5|
|BIO 1004||Principles of Biology||4|
|BIB 1013||Old Testament History||3|
|ENG 1113||English Composition I||3|
|UNI 1111||University Seminar||1|
|CHE 1125||General Chemistry II||5|
|MAT 1195||Calculus I||5|
|ENG 2213||English Composition II||3|
|UNI 1121||Critical Thinking||1|
|BIB 1023||New Testament History||3|
|CHE 3304||Organic Chemistry I||4|
|MAT 3343||Mathematical Statistics||3|
|PHY 1115||Physics I||5|
|CHE 3314||Organic Chemistry II||4|
|PHY 1125||Physics II||5|
|KIN 1162||Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness||2|
|POL 1113||American Government and Politics||3|
|SCF||BIO or CHE Through the Eyes of Faith||2|
|HIS 22X3||U.S. History I or II||3|
|Cultural Studies Elective||2-3|
|CHE 3371||Seminar in Chemistry I||1|
|BIO/CHE 4104||Biochemistry 2||4|
|CHE 3345||Analytical Chemistry||5|
|BIO/CHE 3012||Methods of Scientific Research||2|
|CIS 1033||Foundations of Computer Science||3|
|CHE 3323||Physical Chemistry||3|
|COM 1103||Fundamentals of Speech Communication||3|
|BIO 4224||Cellular and Molecular Biology||4|
|CHE 4412||Advanced Chemistry Lab||2|
|ECO 2003||LIFE Economics||3|
|SPF 2012||Foundations of Spiritual Formation||2|
NOTE: This plan assumes an ACT math score high enough to meet the College Algebra requirement and high school completion of ENG 1113, English Composition, and CIS 1103, Computer and Information Management.
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