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Biochemistry (B.S.)

Students study cell structure in biochemistry

Major: Biochemistry

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Science

Total credit hours: N/A

Internship/Practicum opportunities: Visit the Career Development Center for internship information.

About the program

Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary science that studies the structure, composition and chemical reactions of substances in living systems. Students earning a degree in biochemistry from Thiel College will have a unique, multidisciplinary foundation in chemistry, biology and physics. This well rounded approach, along with Thiel's liberal arts curriculum, prepares our students for work in a variety of fields upon graduation!

Visit our Academic Catalog (2019-2020) for course listings.

Major Features

  1. You will know how to conduct an internal or external research project.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the structures and functions of biological molecules and explain molecular pathways associated with cellular metabolism of the major classes of biochemical compounds.
  3. Possess scientific literacy and problem solving skills associated with the main branches of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical.
  4. Be prepared for chemistry-related employment in the medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or related fields or biochemistry-related graduate or professional programs including medical, dental or veterinary schools.

Scholarship Opportunities

Thiel College offers scholarships to students for reasons such as academic success, community service or involvement, exemplary leadership and more! The scholarships available to biochemistry majors are:

  • Marion G. Resch Science Scholarship at Thiel College
  • Bennett-Heald-Safford Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Florence West Tribute to Dr. Bly
  • The Dr. Judith A Crissman '64 Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The William B. Frank Minority Scholarship in the Physical Sciences
  • Emil A. Lucas Chemistry Scholarship
  • The Maenpa Family Biotechnology Endowed Scholarship Fund at Thiel College
  • Elizabeth McElhaney Scholarship
  • J. Scott Morrison Endowment for Science and Religion
  • Paul H. Ralston Chemistry Award Fund
  • Charles E. Rogers ’36 and Ruth G. Rogers Education Scholarship
  • The Charles ’57 and Edna Semroc Scholarship Fund
  • Arthur E. Smith Scholarship Fund
  • Ruth Staudenmayer, R.N. Memorial Scholarship
  • TWC Amelia Earhart Scholarship
  • Irene Wintersteen Memorial Science Scholarship

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the types of aid available to students.

Clubs & Organizations

It's easy to get involved on campus! Joining a student club or organization is an excellent way to meet others and gain leadership experience. A biochemistry major might be interested in the following clubs and orgs:

  • American Chemistry Society
  • Alpha Psi Omega (American Chemical Society)
  • Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society)

Visit our Campus Life page to see a full list of student clubs and organizations.

Alumni & Careers

A degree in biochemistry from Thiel College is a gateway to many career paths or graduate schools. Knowledge of the chemical reactions of substances in living systems applies well to many health care careers including the fields of medicine, dental, pharmaceuticals and even veterinary. This program opens the door to other options as well such as agricultural chemicals, biotechnology and consumer products industries!