This major fulfills the requirements for schools of medicine, pharmacy, and medical technology as well as preparing students for graduate school in a variety of bioscience programs. There are excellent opportunities for careers in biotechnology, medicine, pharmaceutical and some environmental related businesses and governmental agencies.
Chemistry examines physical phenomena at the molecular level whereas biology attempts to understand the interacting parts of living systems. Thus the interdisciplinary discipline of biochemistry seeks to understand living systems at the molecular level. This major was developed to meet the needs of Biola students who are interested in pursuing medical school, careers in the medical industry, as well as the rapidly growing fields of biotechnology. Those who wish to make an impact on people by applying biblical knowledge and Christian faith to these very significant professions in our world may wish to consider this major. Integral to the major is a significant laboratory experience that provides the skills and knowledge of the tools to do biological work at the molecular level. Examples of methodologies included in the laboratory at Biola are protein isolation and characterization, gene amplification through cloning and PCR, cell culture and histology, microbiological techniques and many others. Numerous opportunities exist in the Los Angeles area for internships and research in hospital, clinical, industrial, government and other academic laboratories.
The Science Department suggests an SAT Math score of at least 500 (or the ACT equivalent) to pursue this major.
You will be required to take a Chemistry and/or Physics Placement exam.
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"Majoring in Biochemistry at Biola has been very enriching to me as a student and as a Christian. The integration of science and Christianity fascinates me, it is possible! I am blessed to be encouraged by our professors who love science, but love God even more."
- Hannah Panlilio
Biola graduates from the Biochemistry major have gone on to study at the following graduate schools:
California State University Fullerton, Vanderbilt University, University of California Los Angeles and medical schools such as UCLA, Loma Linda and Yale.