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Department of Biology & Biochemistry


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Department of Biology & Biochemistry


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Science exists because of God, not instead of God. Discover the miracle of how chemical processes interact to affect all living things. Our science professors will equip you to succeed in the field of medicine, research, or other scientific fields. This program focuses on carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and the processes of these molecules within living things. This degree will prepare you for a career in research, medicine, and other scientific and healthcare fields.

Why study biochemistry at Northwestern?

This program is designed to challenge you and prepare you either for a job right after graduation or for further graduate studies. Northwestern offers off-campus research internships, which allow you to participate in summer or semester-long opportunities with the University of Minnesota, 3M Corporation, the County Department of Agriculture, and numerous biomedical research companies in the Twin Cities area.

Our systematic approach of learning together, teaching others, and then applying knowledge in practical internships often results in high rates of employment and acceptance into graduate or medical school programs for our students. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving science industries.

Professors encourage you to explore God’s creation down to the tiniest detail to gain a deeper understanding of His power. Here you can study and conduct original, leading-edge research under the direction of faculty who share your faith and are experts in their respective scientific fields. Small class sizes give you access to these professors who take a personal interest in helping you prepare for your next step toward grad school or starting your career in the fast-growing biochemistry field.

If you are passionate about serving, interested in research, can learn cooperatively, willing to follow a rigorous program, and are interested in a career in research, medicine, or other scientific fields, this might be the right degree for you.

What will I learn?

You will learn to think critically, research, and perform experiments to explore a range of scientific disciplines, including genetics, microbiology, forensics, and medicine.

I have a never-ending fascination with living things and believe that every living thing is nothing short of a miracle wrought by an Almighty Creator. Every living thing glorifies the Lord! As a teacher of biology, I have the opportunity each day to learn something new that nearly brings me to my knees in awe and praise, and the more I learn, the more I realize how intricate and amazing life is. One of my greatest privileges is to pass on this wonder and knowledge to my students at University of Northwestern.
Teresa Mattila

Careers in biochemistry

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in biochemistry.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Basic research
  • Applied research
  • Laboratory technician/ assistant
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Technical writing for related publications
  • Biomedical equipment technician
  • Food science or manufacturing
  • Testing or product control
  • Medical school
  • Dental school
  • Chiropractic school
  • Physical Therapy school
  • Veterinary school
  • Public Health

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Healthcare providers
  • Biotechnology companies
  • College or university laboratories
  • Drug companies
  • Food processing or packaging companies
  • State/federal agencies such as the NIH, FDA, EPA, National
  • Science Foundation, etc.
  • Public health departments
  • Hospital and commercial medical laboratories
  • Forensic testing facilities
  • Cosmetics manufacturing
  • Zoos
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Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

Strategies for success:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry qualifies one for laboratory technician, research assistant, or other entry-level positions
  • Take a course in grant writing; researchers often need to apply for grants to fund their research.
  • Gain competencies in computers and mathematics.
  • Read scientific journals to stay current on relevant issues in the field, and join related professional organizations to network and build contacts.
  • As an undergraduate, seek laboratory experiences such as research projects, volunteering with professors, summer jobs, or internships.
  • Schedule informational interviews to learn about the profession and specific career paths.
  • Participate in research programs sponsored by organizations like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Become familiar with the specific entrance exam for graduate or professional schools in your area of interest.

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