Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Major - Undergraduate Degree Program | Briar Cliff University

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Program

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
Program(s) Offered: Major, minor

How does life work? Biochemistry helps us find the answer, which means it applies to medicine, dentistry, veterinary studies — and pretty much anything else that has to do with nature or science! Simply put, biochemistry is the study of how life works at the molecular level.

Get hands-on experience.

In our program, you’ll spend more time with your eyes glued to a microscope or a flask than you will with your nose buried in a textbook. That’s because we believe in hands-on experience, with wide variety of tools at our disposal that will make you anxious to get to lab and see what’s new.

Learn in state-of-the-art labs.

Our facilities include one of the region’s only educational cadaver labs, new chemistry labs with state-of-the-art equipment and a revamped molecular biology workshop with equipment unparalleled by an institution our size. You can probe the actions of proteins in a cell using “lab-on-a-chip” technology or uncover the compounds responsible for the odor of a Life Savers® candy.

Prepare for career success.

A biochemistry degree from BCU is a great launching point for pursuing a career in medical studies, as many of our successful graduates have. Or, you can land a job elsewhere in the health care field, food processing, pharmaceuticals, the oil industry, government research — and even forensic science!

Become a STEM Pathways Scholar.

Major in a science at Briar Cliff, and you might be eligible to become a STEM Pathways Scholar — a scholarship opportunity worth thousands of dollars!

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Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Program Courses

BCMB 10IS - Molecular and Genetic Techniques I

BCMB 20IS - Molecular and Genetic Techniques II

BCMB 401 - Biochemistry (Molecular Biology) Research Project I

This course will be comprised of two components. First, the student will be introduced to literature in the field, particularly primary research literature. Secondly, the student will develop a research proposal and determine a feasible research project with the instructor. Initial experimentation will be undertaken. Read more »

BCMB 402 - Biochemistry (Molecular Biology) Research Project II

A continuation of BCMB 401, this course focuses on laboratory experimentation in a research project and the challenges it can present. Read more »

BCMB 403 - Biochemistry (Molecular Biology) Research Project III

A continuation of BCMB 402, this provides an opportunity for the final steps in the research project. Additional experiments may be conducted to bring that facet of the project to a conclusion. The results of the research are then incorporated into a report (paper) suitable for either presentation in a public forum or publication in a journal. In the former situation, the student will present the work at a scientific meeting, preferably at the national or regional level. Read more »

BIOL 151 - General Biology I

This course is an introduction to cellular biology. Topics covered include the scientific method, structure and function of cell, genetics and molecules of life. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 357 - Genetics

The scientific study of heredity including transmission genetics, cytogenetics and molecular genetics (DNA structure and function). Four lectures. Read more »

BIOL 420 - Cell and Molecular Biology

Through lecture and laboratory activities this course investigates the structure and function of all major eukaryotic organelles and the techniques used in cell biology. Read more »

BIOL 420L - Cellular and Molecular Biology Lab

This is a three-hour weekly laboratory class to be taken in correspondence with BIOL 420, a course that investigates the structure and function of all major eukaryotic organelles and the techniques used in cell bi Read more »

CHEM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I

A presentation of the basic principles of chemistry including stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular properties, and properties of gases, liquids and solids. Read more »

CHEM 111L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I

An introduction to experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of stoichiometry, gas properties and calorimetry. Read more »

CHEM 112 - Principles of Chemistry II

A utilization of the basic principles of chemistry learned in CHEM 111 in complex chemical systems. Included are solution properties, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Read more »

CHEM 112L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II

An introduction of experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of acids and bases, redox reactions, equilibrium and kinetics. Read more »

CHEM 337 - Organic Chemistry I

An examination of the structures, properties and reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons, alcohols and ethers. General reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry are also discussed. Read more »

CHEM 337L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Experimental work involving the synthesis, separation and identification of organic compounds, including the use of gas-liquid chromatography. Read more »

CHEM 338 - Organic Chemistry II

An examination of the structures, properties and reactions of aromatic compounds and organic compounds containing oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur. Biological applications and multistep synthesis are also studied. Read more »

CHEM 338L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

A continuation of CHEM 337L, spectrophotometric methods are included. Read more »

CHEM 442 - Biochemistry I

A study of the molecules found in living organisms, emphasizing the relationship of their structure to their function. Also examined are the methods used to separate and characterize these molecules. Read more »

CHEM 442L - Biochemistry I Laboratory

Experimental treatment of topics covered in CHEM 442. Read more »

CHEM 443 - Biochemistry II

A study of the major metabolic pathways in the body with emphasis on the regulation of such pathways and the relationship among various pathways. Also explored are some of the practical applications of biochemical studies in the treatment and diagnosis of bodily dysfunction. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

 One of the two supporting math curriculums is also required:

 For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.

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