Learn how living things work at a molecular level: what cells are made of, how they grow and divide, where they get their energy and much more. Discover the microscopic mechanisms of health and disease, and be equipped for careers in health, biomedical research or anything related to the chemistry of life.

The biochemistry program at Calvin studies the nature and behavior of matter, with particular attention paid to the complex macromolecules of living systems: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids.

When you graduate with a biochemistry degree at Calvin, you’ll be prepared to understand and solve modern biochemical problems, and be well equipped for careers as diverse as medicine, analytical chemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy and education, just to name a few.

Course Requirements 2015-2016

(37-38 semester hours)

  • CHEM-103 General Chemistry I and CHEM-104 General Chemistry II, or CHEM-105 Chemical Principles
  • CHEM-253 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry or CHEM-261 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM-323 Biochemistry I and CHEM-324 Biochemistry II
  • CHEM-383 Laboratory in Biochemistry
  • Three from
  • IDIS-310 History of Physical Science or an approved course in integrative studies
  • CHEM-295 Chemistry Seminar (four times)
  • Completion of major field test


(20 semester hours)

The prerequisite to enter the biochemistry program is a minimum average of "C" (2.0) in Chemistry 104 and in one course from Chemistry 201, 253, or 261.


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