Biochemistry Major

The biochemistry major at Bethany Lutheran College follows guidelines from The American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training (ACS-CPT), which encourages development of specialized degree tracks that take advantage of faculty and local expertise and match departmental and institutional missions. In keeping with the guidelines of the ACS-CPT, the biochemistry degree program at Bethany Lutheran College maintains the broadly based exposure to all areas of chemistry that are part of the existing chemistry major and defines additional courses that further develops the students laboratory skills and knowledge base in biochemistry.

The program consists of a foundation in the chemical sciences, which includes a year each of General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Thermodynamics, and Introductory Biochemistry. Biological chemistry concepts and laboratory methods are introduced in General Biology (one semester, BIO 151), Immunology, and Cell Biology. Students choose from a variety of electives from both chemistry and biology to round out their studies and conclude with the Chemistry Capstone sequence of Chemical Information and Chemistry Seminar. The program is also supported by a yearlong study of Calculus and Physics.

Students who are interested in pursuing positions in medical labs, environmental labs, and food science labs would be well served by the biochemistry program as well as students who hope to attend medical school or graduate programs in biochemical sciences.

For questions about biochemistry at Bethany Lutheran College, please contact our Admissions Office at 800-944-3066 or admissions@blc.edu. This page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

Mission Statement

The Biochemistry major at Bethany Lutheran College provides a sound conceptual foundation in chemistry while developing the student’s biochemical knowledge and laboratory skills. Students who are interested in pursuing positions in medical labs, environmental labs, and food science labs would be well served by the biochemistry program as well as students who hope to attend medical school or graduate programs in biochemical sciences.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts in chemistry.
  2. Demonstrate the use of lab techniques and equipment to perform experiments.
  3. Demonstrate effective oral and written skills in the area of chemistry.
  4. Collect and evaluate information in the chemical literature.
  5. Exhibit knowledge of the basic structures, fundamental processes and relationships of life at the molecular and cellular levels.