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Mode of Study:
On Campus
Degree Level:
Undergraduate, Major
Degree Types:
Bachelor of Science
School of Arts & Sciences

Understand and Master the Critical Concepts in Biology and Chemistry in One Co-Departmental, Specialized Major

Biochemistry represents a growing and vital area of science, capturing the modern synthesis of molecular biology and chemistry that is vital to understanding living organisms in one comprehensive degree. With the Biochemistry degree, you will be prepared to work in industry, continue your graduate studies in a specialized field, or go on to medical school.

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Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry seek a strong and solid foundation in both Biology and Chemistry. Faculty mentoring, experiential learning opportunities, travel, and carefully selected internships help Catawba College Biochemistry majors both understand and master critical concepts in Biology and Chemistry and prepare them for their careers.

As a Biochemistry major, you have the opportunity to win research funding and awards. You may even be invited to present at professional scientific conferences, such as the Association of Southeastern Biologists Meeting, the North Carolina Academy of Sciences Meeting, and the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Research Symposium.

Program Highlights

  • Specialized Graduate Studies

    The Biochemistry degree provides a solid foundation for continued studies in interrelated, specialized fields like molecular biology, microbiology, and forensics.

  • Biochemistry Internship

    Catawba College Biochemistry students have been successful applicants for paid National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates and summer biomedical sciences institutes.

  • Ranked #6

    Catawba College is ranked sixth among Best Regional Colleges in the South by U.S. News. Our reputation of being a quality, accessible private college precedes us.

Biochemistry at Catawba

Learn why our Biochemistry program is right for you:

Program Details

My integrative education at Catawba through the science department was undeniably the sole reason I am where I am today. The faculty and staff of the science department are excellent mentors both in and out of the classroom.

Emily Auwarter '16 Catawba College's first Biochemistry graduate

Honor Societies

Foster relationships with your peers. The American Chemical Society (ACS) and Gamma Sigma Epsilon Honor Society welcome students with a passion for Chemistry, while Catawba’s Tau Eta Chapter of Tri- Beta, Catawba’s Biological Honor Society, is for students whose root passions lie in biological studies. As a Biochemistry undergraduate, enjoy the challenge of both.

Pre-Health Club

If a career in Health Services is part of your long-range plan and part of the reason you choose to pursue a Biochemistry degree, join the Catawba Pre-Health Club. It will align you with like-minded students serious about achieving academic success as an undergraduate to prepare for the next steps in their professional futures.

Next-Generation Resources

The Graham Genomics Lab allows students to engage in vital research, gaining broad and deep knowledge in a particular field, enabling them to put that knowledge to work for the common good. It features next-generation sequencing platforms from leading technology providers, including Illumina® and Pacific Biosystems. Catawba students acquire hands-on skills as they conduct research projects and work with innovative sequencing equipment, participating in multi-disciplinary, multi-platform research from concept through to data delivery and interpretation.

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Jobs - Catawba College Biochemistry majors are both competitive and employable when they graduate. Some examples of employment opportunities that our Biochemistry majors have and are pursuing include:

  • Nuclear Chemistry Technician – Duke Energy
  • Microbiologist – Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
  • LabCorp Burlington, N.C.

Graduate Schools - Students earning a Biochemistry degree from Catawba College are well prepared and get accepted into post-baccalaureate programs at these prestigious institutions:

  • Boston University 
  • N.C. State University 
  • Wake Forest University 
  • Ross University of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dental College of Georgia 
  • Sherman College of Chiropractic Medicine
  • Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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