Biochemistry Major

Opening the door to scientific discovery.

Study biochemistry and you'll have the foundation you need to pursue graduate study or a career. You may consider a profession in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. You can also look to the biomedical industries, environmental fields, chemical research and so much more.

Why study biochemistry at the College of Charleston?

Our professors have strong connections with biotech and research firms in the region to help you achieve your career goals. You'll have access to state-of-the art facilities and opportunities for hands-on research. This is a supportive, yet challenging environement with a culture emphasizing expiential learning through mentored research.

What will I learn?

No matter which degree type you choose, you will build a foundation to pursue a wide range of scientific fields. You will work with faculty to conduct hands-on research. You'll gain experience in the safe practice of chemistry and biochemistry. More importantly, you will learn how to apply scientific concepts in different contexts. You'll engage scientific study on a deeper level and forge your own path.

Biochemistry, B.S.
The B.S. degree is accredited by the American Chemical Society. You will gain a deep understanding of all major divisions of chemistry. You'll study topics like organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry.

Biochemistry, B.A.
You will study topics like biochemistry, molecular biology, organic chemistry and analytical chemistry. You'll have the flexibility to pursue other interests. You may add courses from other departments to support your intended career goals.

Program Highlights

Join a supportive and challenging environment. You'll learn from accomplished faculty members and use state-of-the-art equipment. You'll benefit from a hands-on learning environment. You'll have opportunities to research topics such as the structure, function and evolution of enzymes that serve important roles in biology.
  • Hands-On Learning

    We believe in a personalized education. With so many opportunities to take part in undergraduate research, you'll be able to study what you love. During the school year, you can receive academic credit. There are also paid opportunities in the summer. You may present your research at professional conferences. You could even publish your work in peer-reviewed scientific research journals.

    Senior Project

    You may complete a year-long project in your senior year. You may want to turn the research you have been doing throughout your time at the College into a Bachelor's Essay. Your project could be published in a peer-reviewed journal. You may present your work both on and off campus.

    Study Abroad

    Many of our students participate in study abroad programs. You may want to spend a semester in Germany through our partnership with Aalen University. You can also study environmental chemistry during one of the summer programs.

  • Research Opportunities

    Most biochemistry majors participate in undergraduate research. You'll work closely with a faculty research advisor to investigate a specific topic. As part of this experience, you'll learn laboratory technical skills. Even more, you'll gain skills in problem-solving, teamwork and communication. It's important to have these skills on your résumé, whether you're preparing for a career, a graduate program or medical school.

  • Location

    Charleston is a living-learning lab. You'll find opportunities for undergraduate research both on and off campus. Some students choose to work with researchers at the nearby Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). If you are interested in pre-med, you can volunteer at MUSC and Roper Hospital. You can earn volunteer hours in a hospital setting and shadow physicians in preparation for your future career.

Careers & Outcomes

You'll graduate prepared to join a variety of fields:
  • Biochemistry
  • Law
  • Business
  • Scientific writing
  • Teaching
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Healthcare
  • Graduate or professional school