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:
- Research green chemistry, protein design, natural products chemistry, liquid crystal chemistry, materials synthesis and phytoremediation.
- Join the Medical Awareness Society (pre-medical club), Sigma Zeta (national science and mathematics honors society) or the Messiah College student affiliate group of the American Chemical Society.
- Study with outstanding Christian faculty members who are not only highly qualified academically but also have extensive experience in their fields.
- 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
As a student pursing biochemistry, you may choose from three biochemistry degree options. The Bachelor of Science degree with ACS Certification, is the most rigorous. It includes introductory courses across all areas of chemistry and incorporates undergraduate research as a required part of your coursework. This is the best choice for you if you want to pursue a career in the laboratory or in research. The Bachelor of Science degree is a good choice if you want to pursue a career in the laboratory or the health field. It does not contain a required research component. The Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry requires the fewest major credits and contains more elective options than either B.S. degree. The B.A. degree is often first choice if you're interested in a career in the health professions, as it leaves more time for pursuing a minor, another major or volunteer activities off campus.
Biochemistry is also a great choice if you are interested in pursuing work in forensic science. Forensic science requires careful analytical lab work in both chemistry and genetics, in particular. The addition of a criminal justice minor, while here at Messiah College, is particularly good preparation for graduate study in forensic science.
Research opportunities and hands-on learning
While studying biochemistry at Messiah College, almost all biochemistry majors participate in undergraduate research. You can choose projects from across all the science departments, working closely with a faculty member, and can even begin some of these projects as early as your first year. You also have the opportunity to pursue summer research opportunities at major research universities, with the help of a strong letter of recomemndation from Messiah College faculty.
As a student in the biochemistry degree program, there are also opportunities for you to work as a lab assistant, tutor or supplementary instruction leader in the department.
Our strong emphasis on developing laboratory skills and the use of analytical instrumentation throughout the program make you particularly attractive to industrial employers. Many positions are available for chemists in chemical analysis, environmental chemistry, biotechnology and forensic science.
When you graduate, you will be well prepared to continue your education in graduate school, medical school or another allied health field, or immediately enter a profession in the laboratory.