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Academics / Departments & Programs / Chemistry & Biochemistry / Academics Biochemistry Major

Degree Overview

Study the chemical reactions that make life happen. Explore chemical systems of incredible beauty and complexity. Confront real-world challenges like disease and environmental change.

A biochemistry degree is the gateway to careers in research, medicine, and industry. You’ll gain the skills to be a problem solver as an analytical chemist, biomedical scientist, or chemical engineer.

Program Distinctives

Rigorous faith - Calvin’s widely-respected program integrates rigorous academics with a distinctive Christian purpose. We see biochemistry as a way to improve lives and serve your community.
Meaningful experience - Conduct original, high-level research alongside your professors. Your research could lead to publication of your findings or presentation at a conference.
Valuable skills - Calvin’s biochemistry program teaches more than just information. You’ll learn to communicate well, collaborate effectively, and think creatively about problems.

Degree Information

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  • Admission

    To pursue a biochemistry major, you’ll need to earn a minimum grade of a "C" (2.0) in two early chemistry courses you’ll take at Calvin: Chemistry 104 (General Chemistry) and one of these courses: Chemistry 201, 253, or 261. These foundational courses will help you confirm your interest in chemistry and make sure that chemistry is the right path to your career goals.

    Your biochemistry faculty advisor will help you understand this requirement and help you plan an academic path to your biochemistry major.

  • ACS Certification

    Adding American Chemical Society certification to your degree gives you additional research experience, and sets you up well for graduate studies. To learn how to add an ACS certification to a biochemistry major, please contact the chemistry and biochemistry department or consult with a faculty advisor.


Interested in pre-med?

Calvin biochemistry graduates excel in medical careers. Students receive top-tier awards like the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and score well above average on the MCAT. Learn why a biochemistry degree is a perfect fit for Calvin’s pre-med program.

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Combine biochemistry and engineering

Understand and improve the production of products people use every day with a chemical engineering major. In four years, you’ll graduate with the academic record and internship experience needed for a career in fields like biotechnology, environmental services, and many more.

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