A B.S. in Biochemistry will help you to understand the chemical behavior of biological systems. Students will be guided through the chemical behavior and chemical properties of the proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleotides that make up the biological system. They will also receive a deep understanding of the various aspects of metabolism that occur in biological systems.


Our exciting and challenging biochemistry program combines a set of courses that give students the opportunity to develop a strong competency in chemistry, mathematics, molecular biology, physics and biology.


A B.S. in Biochemistry will help students to narrow their study into a specific area of biochemistry. This means students will have an in depth understanding of a specific area of biochemistry that they want to pursue.


The Department of Mathematics and Physical Science is equipped with a wide range of instrumental tools designed to give students hands-on experience in modern methods of chemical, biochemical, and physical methods of analysis and problem solving. With a B.S. in Biochemistry, SWAU graduates will be prepared for immediate employment at the entry level in many different types of chemical and biochemical laboratory settings.


A number of courses in this program are offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.


With a B.S. in Biochemistry, you can find a rewarding career in scientific research, development services, pharmaceutical, medicine manufacturing and education industries.


  • Biochemist
  • Biophysicists
  • Biotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Academic Researcher
  • Clinical Scientist
  • Neuroscientist
  • Science Writer
  • Environmental Engineer

Expected employment growth of biochemists and biophysicists between 2018-2028

Required Courses  
Item #Title Credits 
BIOL 111General Biology 14
BIOL 112General Biology 24
BIOL 340Cell and Molecular Biology 14
 Biochemistry Electives 4
CHEM 111General Chemistry 14
CHEM 112General Chemistry 24
CHEM 201Research Methods in the Physical Sciences1
CHEM 221Modern Analytical Chemistry4
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry 14
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry 24
CHEM 341Physical Chemistry 14
CHEM 342Physical Chemistry 24
CHEM 431Biochemistry 14
CHEM 462Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 475Research Methods in Chemistry4
 BS CHEM Electives Upper Division 4
 Sub-Total Credits44
Required Cognates  
Item #TitleCredits
MATH 181Calculus 14
MATH 182Calculus 24
MATH 283Calculus 34
PHYS 121General Physics 14
PHYS 122General Physics 24
 Sub-Total Credits20


Recomended Cognates  
Item #TitleCredits
PHYS 221General Physics with Calculus 11
PHYS 222General Physics with Calculus 21
RELT 419Philosophy of Science3
 Sub-Total Credits5


Faculty Profiles

Jonathan Duarte, PhD

Mathematics & Physical Science
Associate Professor

Ryan Loga, PhD

Mathematics & Physical Science
Assistant Professor

Nicholas Madhiri, PhD

Professor and Department Chair

Gerald Springer, PhD