Biochemistry (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is one of four exciting Chemistry programs offered by Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. The other programs are the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor of Science in Physical Science-Secondary Teacher Certification with concentration in Chemistry.

The aim of the chemistry program is to develop in students the ability to think critically and creatively. The chemistry curriculum is designed to provide the student with a strong background in the areas of organic chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry. The major will serve as a solid foundation upon which the candidate can build a professional career or a more specialized graduate program.

Most of Southwestern Adventist University’s chemistry graduates have chosen to pursue careers in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or clinical laboratory science. There are many other career options for chemistry majors. These include graduate school, entry level positions in academia, industry, analytical labs, pharmaceutical labs, the government and the chemical industry. National interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines have highlighted the need for graduates trained in these areas, at all academic levels and as a matter of highest national significance.

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that: “Employment of chemists and materials scientists is expected to increase by four percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Chemists and materials scientists with an advanced degree, particularly those with a Ph.D., are expected to experience better opportunities.”

Earnings

Earning potential is also affected by geographic location and by whether one pursues a career in industry, academia or in a government related organization. In the period from 2005 to 2012 salaries for inexperienced B.A./B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. graduates ranged from $37K–$40K, $40K–60K and $66K–$85K respectively.

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit http://catalog.swau.edu/undergraduate/2016-2017.

BIOL 111         General Biology I..................................... 4

BIOL 112         General Biology II.................................... 4

BIOL 340         Cellular and Molecular Biology I............ 4

     BIOL—Electives chosen from:....................................... 4

BIOL 330 Bacteriology and Virology......................... 4

BIOL 410 Human Physiology................................... 4

BIOL 450 Histology............................................... 4

CHEM 111      General Chemistry I................................ 4

CHEM 112      General Chemistry II................................. 4

CHEM 201      Research Methods in the Physical Sciences..... 1

CHEM 221      Modern Analytical Chemistry..................... 4

 

REQUIRED COGNATES

MATH 181      Calculus I............................................... 3

MATH 282      Calculus II.............................................. 3

MATH 283      Calculus III............................................. 3

CHEM 231      Organic Chemistry I................................. 4

CHEM 232      Organic Chemistry II................................ 4

CHEM 341      Physical Chemistry I................................. 4

CHEM 431      Biochemistry I......................................... 3

CHEM 432      Biochemistry I Lab.................................... 1

CHEM 433      Biochemistry II........................................ 3

CHEM 434      Biochemistry II Lab................................... 1

CHEM 475      Research Methods in Chemistry........... 4

TOTAL: 57

 

 

 

 

 

CHEM               Electives upper division............................. 4

PHYS 121        General Physics I...................................... 4

PHYS 122        General Physics II..................................... 4

 

 

First Year

First Semester

CHEM 111—General Chemistry I ........................................ 4

BIOL 111—General Biology 1 .............................................. 4

MATH 121—PreCalculus ...................................................... 3

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition ................................... 3

UNIV 111—Principles of Active Learning ............................ 1

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

CHEM 112—General Chemistry II ....................................... 4

BIOL 112—General Biology II .............................................. 4

COMM 111—Speech ........................................................... 3

CSIS—Computer Science Elective ........................................ 3

RLGN—Religion Course ........................................................ 3

TOTAL:​ 17

Second Year

CHEM 231—Organic Chemistry I ..................................... 4

CHEM 202—Modern Analytical Chemistry ....................... 4

PHYS 121—General Physics I ........................................... 4

ENGL 220—Research Writing ............................................ 3

KINA 111—P.E. Course ..................................................... 1

TOTAL:​ 16

CHEM 231—Organic Chemistry II .................................... 4

CHEM 201—Research Methods in the Physical Sciences .. 1

PHYS 122—General Physics II .......................................... 4

MATH 181—Calculus I ..................................................... 4

Social/Behavioral Science Elective ..................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 16

Third Year

CHEM 431—Biochemistry I .............................................. 3

CHEM 432—Biochemistry I Lab ........................................ 1

RLGN—Religion Course ................................................... 3

MATH 282—Calculus II ................................................... 4

BIOL 340—Cell & Molecular Biology ................................ 3

BIOL 344—Molecular Biology Techniques ........................ 2

TOTAL:​ 16

CHEM 433—Biochemistry II ............................................. 3

CHEM 434—Biochemistry II Lab ....................................... 1

CHEM—Upper Division Elective ......................................... 4

MATH 383—Calculus III .................................................... 4

Social/Behavioral Science Elective ...................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 15

Fourth Year

ENGL—Literature Course ................................................. 3

RGLN—Upper Division Religion Course ............................ 3

Social/Behavioral Science Elective .................................... 3

CHEM 341—Physical Chemistry I .................................... 4

KINT 111—Health and Wellness ..................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 16

CHEM 475—Research Methods in Chemistry ................... 4

BIOL—Upper Division Elective .......................................... 4

Social/Behavioral Science Elective ..................................... 3

RLGN—Upper Division Religion Elective ............................ 3

TOTAL:​ 14