Biochemistry Major (M)

The goal of the Department of Physical Sciences at Concordia University Wisconsin is to develop competent scientists with a Christian worldview. The graduates of its programs will possess the current scientific knowledge and research/data interpretation skills so necessary for entering scientific or medical careers in industry, academia, or government. More importantly, they will be prepared to provide a Christian influence and ethical perspective to the debate on the science-related problems facing the world today.

Concordia University's biochemistry program is organically interdisciplinary as the curriculum includes coursework in general, organic, analytical, physical and biochemistry in addition to general, advanced, and molecular biology all while being supported by calculus and physics courses. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will: 

  •  understand and apply fundamental biochemical concepts;
  •  use common laboratory procedures/equipment, often as a member of a team, to gather meaningful data;
  •  analyze and interpret data to arrive at appropriate conclusions;
  •  apply principles of laboratory safety and biochemical hygiene;
  •  perform undergraduate research and conduct effective searches of the biochemical literature;
  •  communicate and summarize scientific information effectively and accurately in both oral and written form;
  •  act ethically and responsibly, demonstrating an understanding of the role biochemistry plays in societal issues;
  •  recognize that, though our scientific understanding of the universe continues to change, God's truth does not, for His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9)


Core Requirements45
Major Requirements 162
Minor: Optional
Total Hours120

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry cannot be earned in combination with majors or minors in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or Chemistry.

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses
General Chemistry I (Lab Science - 4 credits)
Calculus I (Mathematics - 4 credits)
Required Courses
CHEM 142General Chemistry II4
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 242Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 225Analytical Chemistry4
or CHEM 455 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 341Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 425Biochemistry4
CHEM 426Advanced Biochemistry4
MATH 202Calculus II4
or MATH 205 Statistics I
CHEM 491Chemistry Senior Seminar I1
CHEM 492Chemistry Senior Seminar II1
PHYS 171University Physics I4
PHYS 172University Physics II4
BIO 151Functional Human Biology I4
or BIO 141 General Biology I
BIO 152Functional Human Biology II4
or BIO 142 General Biology II
BIO 420Molecular Biology4
Select at least 8 credits of the following8
Biology of Microorganisms (4 credits)
Cell Biology (4 credits)
Genetics (4 credits)
Immunology (3 credits)
Pharmacology (3 credits)
Advanced Organic Chemistry (4 credits)
Undergraduate Research 1
Undergraduate Research
Total Hours62

Either BIO 499 or CHEM 499 can be taken for a maximum of two credits.