Bridging the studies of biology and chemistry to prepare you for success

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About The Program
College of Arts and Sciences


As a student in the NSU biochemistry program, you’ll receive the foundation and skills that will give you an edge and prepare you to succeed in in a host of well-established, continually evolving fields. Biochemistry merges the chemical, biological and physical sciences to explain biological processes on a molecular-level, preparing you for immediate employment in medical, industrial, and government positions (scientists, lab technicians, research assistants, and chemists), a professional degree program (medical, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical, genetic counseling, and other clinical or health professions), or a graduate degree program (biochemistry, chemistry, and biology).


Studying biochemistry at Northern will maximize your opportunities for hands-on lab experiences and undergraduate research in our state-of-the-art $25 million Jewett Regional Science Education Center. Research skills are emphasized, combining comprehensive laboratory exercises with the independent nature of real-world, applied novel research.


The curriculum for Northern’s B.S. in biochemistry includes core requirements with an overall objective of providing you with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary learning opportunity to bridge the physical sciences with biology and chemistry. Biochemical skills and required content include a holistic understanding of general, organic and physical chemistry together with general biology, genetics, microbiology and developmental biology.



The knowledge you gain from this program will prepare you to succeed in fields including:

  • Medical, industrial, and government positions (scientists, lab technicians, research assistants, and chemists)
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plant and animal agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemical, biomedical and chemistry research
  • Environmental and energy fields
  • Food industries and professions
  • Entry into a professional degree program (medical, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical, genetic counseling, and other clinical or health professions), or a graduate degree program (biochemistry, chemistry, and biology)
  • Northern's placement rate the past five years was 82 percent for medical school and 83 percent for dental school - see what our graduates have to say about the advantages of earning their undergraduate degree at Northern!

We'll work closely with you and our connections to find internships and field experiences that accord with your scientific interests.

NSU College of Arts and Sciences Internships


Program Requirements:


No grade below a "C" will be accepted in a course taken to fulfill the Biochemistry requirements. Biochemistry courses not used in the major will still count in major GPA. Students must maintain a 2.5 (BS) cumulative grade point average in the major to meet graduation requirements.

  • BIOL/CHEM 130 Success in Science  1 credit
  • IDL 190 First Year Seminar  2 credits
  • BIOL 281 Introduction to Statistics  3 credits
  • CHEM 326/326L Organic Chemistry I + Lab  4 credits
  • CHEM 328/328L Organic Chemistry II + Lab  4 credits
  • CHEM 332/332L Analytical Chemistry + Lab  4 credits
  • CHEM 342/342L Physical Chemistry I  4 credits
  • CHEM 464/464L Biochemistry I + Lab  4 credits
  • CHEM 465/465L Biochemistry II + Lab  4 credits
  • CHEM 498 Undergraduate Research/Scholarship (research experience in Biochemistry)  3 credits
  • MATH 123 Calculus I  4 credits
  • PHYS 211/211L Physics I + Lab  4 credits
  • PHYS 213/213L Physics II + Lab  4 credits
  • BIOL/CHEM 490 Senior Seminar 1 credit


Quantitative Elective - Choose 1 (1-4 credits)

  • BIOL 250/250L Introduction to Bioinformatics and Proteomics + Lab  3 credits
  • BIOL 282 Introduction to Statistics II  3 credits
  • BIOL 414 Basic R Programming  1 credit
  • MATH 125 Calculus II  4 credits


Advanced Biology Elective - Choose 3 (12 credits)

  • BIOL 331/331L Microbiology + Lab  4 credits
  • BIOL 343/343L Cell and Molecular Biology + Lab  4 credits
  • BIOL 371/371L Genetics + Lab  4 credits
  • BIOL 382/382L Virology + Lab  4 credits
  • BIOL 422/422L Immunology + Lab  4 credits
  • BIOL 483/483L Developmental Biology + Lab  4 credits


Advanced Chemistry Elective - Choose 2 (8 credits)

  • CHEM 344/344L Physical Chemistry II + Lab  4 credits
  • CHEM 434/434L Instrumental Analysis + Lab  4 credits
  • CHEM 452/452L Inorganic Chemistry + Lab  4 credits


Total: 67 - 70 credits

Program Success/Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate ability to design, understand and discuss scientific data; demonstrate ability to breakdown discipline specific problems into multiple steps, resulting in an informed conclusion. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis)
  • Effectively communicate scientific results orally and in writing using methods related to science; effectively communication mathematical ideas in writing. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • Identify appropriate scientific sources; analyze and interpret data; apply mathematical principles to solve applied chemistry/mathematics problems. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Information Literacy)
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a team while completing research/project related endeavors. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Teamwork)
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and conduct scientific research. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Problem Solving)
  • Establish fundamental skills in core disciplines of biology and chemistry.
Contact Information 

For more information about this degree, contact Jessica Ness, or call 605-626-2272 or 605-626-7900. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or

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