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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. This degree will prepare you for a career in research, medicine, and other scientific and healthcare fields. This program focuses on carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and the processes of these molecules within living things.

This might be the right degree for you if you

  • are passionate about serving
  • interested in research in a rigorous program
  • are interested in a career in research, medicine, or other scientific fields

Why study biochemistry at Northwestern?

This program will challenge and prepare you for a job right after graduation or graduate school. Northwestern offers off-campus research internships during the summer or for a semester. Organizations include the University of Minnesota, 3M, the County Department of Agriculture, and other biomedical research companies.

Our approach to learning together, teaching others, and applying knowledge in practical internships results in higher rates of employment and acceptance into graduate programs or medical schools.

Northwestern is 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 smallest detail to gain a deeper understanding of His power. You can conduct original, leading-edge research under Christian faculty who are experts in their respective scientific fields. Small class sizes give you access to professors who take a personal interest in you. They want to prepare for your next step toward graduate school or starting your career in the fast-growing biochemistry field.

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.


of graduates noted their coursework was relevant to their job


a relatively unknown marine bacterium on campus with Dr. Joanna Klein and assist her with research and annotations


of seniors are able to discuss their major through a biblical worldview

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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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

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.

Discover the Department of Biology & Biochemistry

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