The major is designed especially for those students planning a career in the health professions. The requirements for schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and medical technology are met within this major. This program also prepares one for graduate school in a variety of bioscience programs. There are excellent opportunities for careers in biotechnical, pharmaceutical and 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 those Biola students interested in pursuing careers in health-related professions as well as those in the newer and 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.
Biola University's program in biochemistry is characterized by the following:
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.