Alive with chemistry
Biochemistry is such a compelling field that it’s utilized by almost all other life sciences. Studying the chemical processes that take place within living organisms is a fascinating business, so it’s easy to see how biochemistry has become such an integral science.
Our Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry trains students for careers in science through mentoring, research and demanding coursework. Research projects and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation give students real-world chemistry experience. Our professors take pride in providing Lumberjacks a well-rounded education both inside and outside the classroom.
Impressive career opportunities
Pre-med students would have a hard time selecting a more effective major to prepare for the rigors of professional studies. Plenty of Lumberjack biochemists go on to study medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine, utilizing their knowledge of biochemical processes to diagnose and treat patients. Other biochemistry majors choose to conduct research in a laboratory, work within the chemical industry or share their knowledge with students in a classroom setting.
Roll up your sleeves
Who succeeds in SFA’s challenging biochemistry program? We’ve found that our best students pursue their studies with enthusiasm and commitment. Critical thinking skills and work ethic go a long way in this department. And you’ll have every advantage necessary – from small classes to high-tech equipment – to achieve a world-class chemistry education.
Undergraduate programs and requirements
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
The biochemistry option combines the fundamentals of chemistry with advanced courses in biochemistry and the life sciences. The degree program is a highly structured sequence of courses with prerequisites. Some courses are only taught once per year. Taking courses in their proper sequence and in a timely manner is important for planning to graduate with a degree in four years. Talk to your SFA advisor about how you can save money and earn your degree faster by testing out of certain courses.
Required biology minor
Biochemistry majors are required to minor in biology (21 hours) to develop a solid basis of understanding in biology, botany and zoology. The biology minor requires these courses:
- BIO 130 Principles of Cell & Molecular Biology; 3 credit hours
- BIO 131 Principles of Botany; 4 credit hours
- BIO 133 Principles of Zoology; 4 credit hours
- BIO Electives (3 additional upper division courses); 10-12 credit hours
Five-year dual degree
With careful planning, it is possible to condense the conventional six-year plan of study typically required to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s into five years. By using the summers to remove prerequisite blocks, balance academic loads and begin research work as an undergraduate, a student can earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five calendar years.
Here are example programs of study leading to both a bachelor's and master's degree in five years:
*See General Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements
Graduate programs and requirements
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers several graduate courses for students interested in advanced degrees. Check them out here.