Biochemistry

Major

If you're fascinated by the microscopic workings of living organisms, consider Taylor University's Biochemistry major. Students in the Biochemistry major study the chemistry of living things and gain understanding of the chemical and physicochemical processes that support biological life.

In the Biochemistry major, you will ...

  • study the chemical processes underpinning biological life
  • practice the scientific method through original lab experiments and research projects
  • gain hands-on experience with protein purification, enzyme kinetics, preparative chromatography, native and SDS-PAGE electrophoresis, western blotting, polymerase chain reaction, centrifugation, and many other analytical instruments and techniques

Biochemistry majors develop practical understanding of concepts theories across the spectrum of chemistry and biology, including analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, microbiology, and of course biochemistry.

Topics studied include:

  • Atomic and molecular structure
  • Thermodynamic, equilibrium, and kinetic theories
  • Acid-based properties
  • Structure and function of biomolecules
  • Enzymology
  • Chemical signaling
  • Metabolism
  • Molecular diseases
  • Bioinformatics

Required courses in analytical and organic chemistry lay the groundwork for diving into biochemistry. Every chemistry course involves lab work.

Biochemistry students also take courses in calculus, physics, and biology.

Biochemistry students choose electives from a variety of courses including:

  • Principles of genetics
  • Molecular genetics
  • Microbiology and immunity
  • Environmental pollution and toxicology

Research opportunities

Biochemistry students can practice research alongside Taylor faculty members and earn academic credit at the same time. Grant programs, such as Taylor's Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship (FMUS) program, are available to pay students to do research projects during the summer or the academic year.

See the curriculum guide.