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The Chemistry of Life
The Gardner-Webb Biochemistry program combines courses in biology, chemistry, physics and math in order to help you learn about processes that take place in living organisms. If you are interested in a career researching new vaccines and medicines, or developing tests and procedures to detect, cure and prevent disease, then this program is for you. While pursuing a degree in biochemistry, you will learn how to apply the scientific method; operate various scientific instruments; perform laboratory procedures; and use mathematical and statistical techniques to analyze data. You will have access to modern laboratory technology and experienced faculty, giving you hands-on learning experiences.
Your classes, labs, and hands-on learning experiences will help you:
In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education requirements, you’ll complete 51 hours of required biology and chemistry courses and 11 hour of required math and physics courses.
For a more in-depth look at program requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.
A student seeking a second major in any field of study offered by the Department of Natural Sciences must meet all of the criteria for the primary major.
Additional minors available in the Department of Natural Sciences include the Chemistry Minor (16 hours), the Environmental Science Minor (20 hours), the Forensic Science Minor (15 hours), the Health Science Minor (16–17 hours), the Physical Science Minor (16 hours), and the General Science Minor (20 hours).
Whether you pursue graduate or professional studies or directly enter a biochemistry-related career, our program will prepare you for making a positive impact in a variety of fields including but not limited to pharmacology, physiology, toxicology, environmental chemistry, clinical chemistry, food science, and agriculture. You can find employment in industry, academia, private or government labs.
Depending on additional education and career goals, you may pursue a wide range of health- and science-related professions including the following:
You will also be able to go directly into entry-level positions such as research assistant, lab coordinator, technical sales/service representative, product testing or analysis.
Learn more about the Department of Natural Sciences
As a biochemistry major, you will have opportunities to complete research, internships, or other activities that will prepare you for your next steps. If you will continue your studies with a graduate or professional program, discuss your goals with your advisor and see what opportunities will best meet those future requirements.
Work at a hospital, medical office, veterinary clinic, pharmacy, or other care provider. Find a role in business, academic research, and environmental science. You also may serve as a lab assistant, gaining valuable experience that other schools typically reserve for graduate-level students!
Conduct one-on-one research with your professor. Under the guidance of your faculty mentor, you’ll select a research topic and learn the scientific process of discovery. Become a subject matter expert and present your work through research posters or oral presentations at local and regional science conferences.
We mentor our students at every step of the way, from course selection to applications for internships and undergraduate research experiences to searching and applying for graduate and professional schools. Your professors will provide assistance and advice with mock interviews to help you prepare for graduate and professional school interviews or job interviews.
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