Biochemistry Major

The Biochemistry major is an excellent path for entering one of the health professions or following a career in biochemical research.

At Houghton College, experienced Christian faculty members (all active scholars with PhDs) in the Chemistry department prepare and equip students interested in biochemistry, molecular biology, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry to define and answer significant questions about our world.

A major in Biochemistry enables a student to learn, in a context of faith, the normal or abnormal paths that one's body may take and to understand the ways in which nutrition and pharmaceuticals can best prevent or correct damage to one's body. Because the Biochemistry major at Houghton College contains a significant liberal arts component as well as its science component, the student may choose, upon graduation, to receive either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.

Why Major in Biochemistry?

  • Receive hands-on training and direct access to instrumentation
  • Conduct, publish and present real research with one (or more) of Houghton’s faculty members
  • Be mentored, supported and cared for by invested faculty members who care about your academic success, as well as your personal growth and maturity—spiritually, emotionally and professionally
  • Enjoy specialized instruction tailored to your interests within a friendly, collaborative environment
  • Experience excellent preparation for medical or graduate school (100% acceptance rate)

Major Requirements

Biochemistry (BA/BS)

Personal Attention from Invested Faculty

With a departmental emphasis on personalized teaching and close relationships among faculty and students, Biochemistry majors have many opportunities to get to know their professors on a personal level. Small upper-level class sizes allow majors to have individualized instruction and direct mentoring from faculty members. The department partners with each student in the program to help him or her work towards understanding his or her vocation and calling.

Undergraduate Research

Biochemistry majors are strongly encouraged to complete research while at Houghton. Students can follow their interests through independent study, do collaborative research with faculty members or participate in the Summer Research Institute. Some students publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals or present talks and posters at regional and national conferences.

High success rates

Houghton Chemistry majors have 100% acceptance into medical school with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a solid MCAT score. Nearly 100% of graduates enter graduate or health programs or get jobs in their field within 3-6 months of graduation.

Summer Research Institute

Each summer, Houghton College sponsors the Houghton College Summer Research Institute, which allows students to work with Houghton faculty on faculty-led collaborative research projects in physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science. This program gives students the opportunity to see what it is like to be involved in professional physics research, and thanks to grants and gifts from generous donors, students can earn a stipend while they research.


Alumni Outcomes

Percent of Chemistry majors employed or in graduate school within nine months of graduation


Graduate School

Acceptance rate of Chemistry and Biochemistry majors into graduate school


PhD Bound

Approximately one-third of graduates go on to complete a PhD in chemistry or biochemistry

After Houghton

Careers and outcomes of Houghton Chemistry majors

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Summer Research Institute

An innovative opportunity for students and faculty to collaborate on research projects over the summer

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Science Honors

Tackle a scientific question of real-world significance in this innovative, research-driven program

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