Biochemistry at Messiah College
A degree in biochemistry from Messiah College prepares you for a variety of exciting careers such as medicine, pharmacy, allied health fields, forensic science and more. If you’re interested in a career in one of these areas, then Messiah College’s biochemistry major is a good fit for your college experience.
As a program approved by the American Chemical Society, the department offers a rigorous education across all sub-disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry, providing you with the intellectual, experimental and communication skills necessary for preparation as a scientific professional.
Biochemistry major distinctives
As a biochemistry major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Delve into exciting credit-bearing research opportunities, with Messiah College faculty and at nearby Penn State College of Medicine in your sophomore, junior and senior years.
- Take courses that successfully prepare you to go on to medical school
- Work as a lab assistant, tutor, or supplementary instruction leader in the department.
- Participate in the School of Science, Engineering and Health Spring Research Symposium.
- Pre-professional programs include medical, dental, pharmacy, allied health and veterinary.
Career options for biochemistry majors
As a graduate of the biochemistry program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Allied health professionals
- Research scientists
- Lab technicians
- Forensic scientists
Internship and research opportunities for biochemistry majors
Biochemistry majors compete well for summer research programs and work with faculty and outside facilities for other exciting research opportunities. A few include:
- Messiah's summer research program
- Penn State College of Medicine
- Summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) programs
Degree options as a biochemistry major
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in biochemistry requires fewer major credit hours than the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, allowing you to take additional courses of special interest to you. The B.A. option allows you to choose electives in biology, nutrition or exercise science, allowing you to tailor the courses to your specific career goals.
Take your degree a step further by adding a criminal justice minor to your biochemistry interdisciplinary major–considered an advantage when studying forensic science at the graduate level. Opportunities in this exciting and emerging field of biochemistry are yours for the taking, thanks to the creative curriculum designed by Messiah College faculty.
Research opportunities and hands-on learning
As a biochemistry major, you’ll delve into exciting credit-bearing research opportunities, with Messiah College faculty and at nearby Penn State College of Medicine in your sophomore, junior and senior years. You can also work as a lab assistant, tutor or supplementary instruction leader in the department.
When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to continue your education in graduate school, medical school, an allied health field, or immediately enter a profession in teaching.