next start date
year locked-in tuition
Available program formats: In class: BS
Explore biochemistry at Columbia College
In this quickly expanding scientific field, students explore the biological processes of life, starting with single cellular organisms, then integrating the tissues and systems of multicellular life. You will use the core aspects of biology and chemistry along with physics and mathematics to predict, understand and apply biochemical phenomena.
Work in the laboratory is central to the biochemistry program, with students learning to critically assess scientific results—both their own and those generated by others—while developing skills in the use of instruments, analytic methods and the quantitative measurements used in biochemical research.
Opportunities to study:
- Biological systems
- Population genetics
- Molecular genetics
- Atomic theory
- DNA information technology
- Spectroscopic techniques
Prepare for a scientific career or advanced study
Biochemistry-related fields are growing, and biochemistry graduates are in demand. From scientific research to medicine, microbiology, nutrition, veterinary science and others, you will develop the knowledge and skills to thrive in many fields.
The expertise and critical thinking abilities that graduates develop can be applied in a variety of workplaces, including industrial, agricultural, clinical or laboratory settings. This Columbia College degree also opens the door to advanced study in medical, veterinary, dental or forensic fields.
Some possible paths include:
- Physical scientist
- Biological technician
- Clinical laboratory technologist
Dr. Kent Strodtman
"Whether he’s teaching students going into medical school or working with art majors fulfilling a general education requirement, Strodtman does it with humor and understanding."Read about Kent
View more faculty profiles
Your degree starts here Take these courses
Available program formats
- General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
- Core requirements 67 credit hours
- Electives 9-12 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
Basic principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics. Cross-listed with ENVS 254. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 254L is required. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in BIOL 112; Chem 109 or Chem 110 with a grade of C or better.
Laboratory experiences to complement BIOL 254; methodology and applications in classical and molecular genetics. Students majoring in Biology must earn a grade of C or higher. Cross-listed with ENVS 254L. Prerequisites: BIOL 112L with a grade of C or higher; BIOL 254 with a grade of C or higher, or concurrent enrollment.
The study of prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene structure and function at the molecular level. Students majoring in Biology and Biochemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites: BIOL 290, BIOL 342, and CHEM 112.
Laboratory experiences to complement PHYS 111. Students majoring in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites: MATH 150 or MATH 180; PHYS 111 (may be taken concurrently). G.E. when taken with PHYS 111.
November 17, 2016
Dr. Kent Strodtman: An incessant pursuit of knowledge
April 20, 2020
"Columbia College has given me so many experiences and skills that I never would’ve developed otherwise."
— Lillian Nowack, Biology student
December 29, 2016
Preaching what she’s practiced
Value Colleges listed Columbia College as the No. 2 school in Missouri for online programs in 2020.