Biochemistry Major

Experience focused learning that prepares you for diverse scientific environments.

You will be able to understand the ways in which nutrition and pharmaceuticals can best prevent or correct damage to one’s body. All while being mentored, supported and cared for by invested, Christian faculty members who care about your academic success as well as your spiritual, emotional, and professional growth.

Exceptional Preparation Through Hands-on Research

Follow your interests through independent study, do collaborative research with faculty members or participate in the Shannon Summer Research Institute. Some students publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals or present talks and posters at regional and national conferences. You can even work directly in the field through off-campus study, practicums, internships, and student/faculty research collaboration.

Receive excellent preparation for medical or graduate school, where students have 100 percent acceptance into medical school with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a solid MCAT score.

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The Van Dyk Scholars of the Shannon Summer Research Institute utilized exploratory data analysis to screen and gather information about various chemicals and proteins that can cause the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

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What will I learn?

Through Houghton’s major in Biochemistry, you will:

  • Receive hands-on training and access to professional equipment and instruments that allow for wide-ranging experiments. The Shannon Summer Research Institute will allow you to grow in a deeper understanding of the subject that you are researching in a more collaborative environment than a classroom setting. 
  • Enjoy specialized instruction tailored to your interests within a friendly, collaborative environment.
  • You will develop personal relationships with faculty and form meaningful relationships with professors. Work in a collaborative environment with professors who are passionate about biochemistry and living out faith in Christ.

124 Credits


Required Courses


Elective Courses and General Education

Degree Requirements

Biochemistry at a Christian Institution

Studying Biochemistry at a Christian Institution allows you to combine your love of biochemistry with your love of Christ. You will learn about the fundamental principles and special topics within the program while also having the opportunity to be immersed in a community of Christian scientists.

Research Experience

Each summer, Houghton’s Shannon Summer Research Institute 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 like you the opportunity to see what it is like to be involved in professional research, and thanks to grants and gifts from generous donors, students can earn a stipend while they research.

Personal Attention from Invested Faculty

Form personal relationships with professors that create space for personalized learning. With a focus on small class sizes, you will have individualized instruction and direct mentorship from faculty. Faculty place attention on helping you with your work and understanding your vocation and calling. 

Program Outcomes

Students earning a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Houghton University are prepared for many careers in the chemistry industry, including but not limited to:

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Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
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Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
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