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Biochemistry

Why pursue a biochemistry degree at North Central College?

Biochemists’ have a variety of job opportunities across industries. Many students go on to graduate school to become teachers and researchers, while others enter positions in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

At North Central, you will have the opportunity to participate in original research with faculty members. A biochemistry degree offers a rigorous academic path and a scientifically rewarding future.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN

  • Understanding the molecular basis of life
  • Analyzing molecules using microscopes, lasers and other laboratory instruments
  • Researching biological processes such as cell development and DNA

then a degree in BIOCHEMISTRY might be for you.

Why study biochemistry at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Cellular/genetics
  • Introductory chemistry
  • Molecular biology
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Beyond the Classroom

As a biochemistry major, you can:

  • Study current biomedical research and research ethics.
  • Apply for our funded summer research program.
  • Work with a dedicated pre-health advisor and the Pre-Health Organization student group.
  • Join the Beta Beta Beta biological honor society or the Student Members of the American Chemical Society.
  • Minor in neuroscience or environmental studies.
  • Participate in our annual research symposium.
  • Apply to graduate school, medical school or professional school.

The biochemistry program is an interdisciplinary program between the chemistry and biology departments. 

Chemistry Department information

Biology Department information

Biochemistry, B.A.

Biochemists study the molecules of life: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. A B.A. degree in biochemistry prepares a student for employment in a private or government research laboratory; medical, dental, veterinary or law school; a position in a biotechnology or other scientific firm; or graduate study and research in both basic and applied sciences.  The B.A. degree requires fewer advanced science courses than the B.S., allowing students room to gain more breadth by pairing their biochemistry studies with a minor or emphasis outside the sciences. 

For additional information and courses in this program, see Chemistry and Physics.

Major Requirements

Physical Chemistry

One of the following:

Seminar Sequence

One of the following sequences:

Biology Seminars

Chemistry Seminars

Physics Sequence

One of the following sequences:

Non-Calculus

Calculus-Based

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Biochemistry, B.S.

Biochemists study the molecules of life: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. A B.A. degree in biochemistry prepares a student for employment in a private or government research laboratory; medical, dental, veterinary or law school; a position in a biotechnology or other scientific firm; or graduate study and research in both basic and applied sciences.  The B.S. degree requires additional advanced electives, allowing students to gain more depth in their science studies where they work to master the theoretical and applied aspects of biochemistry.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Chemistry and Physics.

Major Requirements

Physical Chemistry

One of the following:

Seminar Sequence

One of the following sequences:

Biology Seminars

Chemistry Seminars

Physics Sequence

One of the following sequences:

Non-Calculus

Calculus-Based

Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree

Twelve credit hours from the following:

Biochemistry Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Graduate and Professional Schools

Recent graduates in biochemistry have been accepted at:

  • University of Notre Dame (global health)
  • University of Illinois (molecular biology)
  • Medical College of Wisconsin (molecular biology)
  • University of North Carolina (microbiology)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (microbiology)
  • Iowa State University (organic chemistry)
  • University of Colorado-Denver School of Medicine (pharmacology)
  • DePaul University Law School
  • Southern University of Georgia (certified anesthesia assistant)

Medical and Professional Schools

Recent graduates in biochemistry have been accepted at:

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Rush University Medical School
  • Michigan State University Medical School
  • University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine
  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
  • Purdue College of Pharmacy
  • Governors State University, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Careers

Recent graduates in biochemistry are employed by:

  • Sentient Flavor & Fragrance
  • CGH Medical Center
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals
  • Pierce Chemical Co.
  • Sigma-Aldrich Chemical Co.
  • Boston Scientific

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