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Undergraduate Chemistry Programs

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. 


What You’ll Learn

Your classes, labs, and hands-on learning experiences will help you:

  • Balance your scientific knowledge with the Christian values of faith, stewardship, ethics, and social responsibility 
  • Assess sources and make informed decisions about issues such as healthcare, public policy, and stewardship of creation 
  • Develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills 
  • Own research projects from start to finish 
  • Gain fundamental lab practices and research methods, including documentation and safety 
  • Master laboratory and scientific instrumentation techniques 
  • Apply the scientific method to biochemical phenomena and data 
  • Identify, analyze, and apply key biochemical terms and concepts in order to solve biochemistry problems 
  • Analyze and communicate biochemical information in written, visual, and oral formats 

Available Programs

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

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.

Second Major in Biochemistry

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

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).


What You’ll Do

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: 

  • Food Scientist 
  • Agricultural Scientist 
  • Pharmacologist 
  • Toxicologist 
  • Clinical Researcher 
  • Physician 
  • Physician Assistant 
  • Physical Therapist 
  • Dentist 
  • Pharmacist 
  • Veterinarian 
  • University Professor 

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. 

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