Pursue Your Purpose with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Molecular life sciences are at the leading edge of scientific innovation. In the tiniest of cells, there is a world waiting to be discovered. You can build a strong foundation of scientific knowledge and skills with the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program at Grand Canyon University. Become part of the scientific revolution working to cure life-threatening diseases, find an answer to the energy crisis or solve world hunger through scientific innovations.
Offered by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, this biochemistry and molecular biology degree blends rigorous classroom instruction with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. During your time at GCU, you will study the smallest organisms and cells that make up all of God’s creation. Students are encouraged to pursue their passion by exploring timely and relevant topics in their field. Synthesize what you have learned with the Capstone Project in the Sciences and participate in an experiential innovation project.
Gain Core Competencies with Theoretical and Hands-On Learning
The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program is a multidisciplinary survey that blends instructional coursework with hands-on learning activities. Using cutting-edge laboratory technology, students develop a keen understanding of scientific experiment design, execution and analysis. You will practice communicating scientific information with a broad range of stakeholders. Explore the essentials of data analysis and interpretation, learn to conduct yourself as a professional in the lab and acquire a keen appreciation for the scientist’s ethical code of conduct.
In courses such as Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Medical Physiology and the Principles of Biochemistry, students acquire the following competencies:
- Microbial cell structure and function, microbial genetics and related pathologies and immunities
- Properties and reactions of organic compounds, including chemical bonding, chemical structure and acid-base principles
- Normal function of human cells, tissues and organ systems, and the interconnections and biochemical functions among bodily systems
- Composition, structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates
- Advanced topics in genetics and genomics, including prokaryotic and eukaryotic DNA replication and repair
Senior molecular biology majors complete the Capstone Project. They discuss and write on current topics in their field, and prepare an extensive scientific report that synthesizes program knowledge.
Make a Difference in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Fields with a Bachelor of Science Degree
From life-changing discoveries to groundbreaking innovations, biochemists and molecular biologists are changing the world for the better. As a biochemistry and molecular biology major, you could have the opportunity to pursue a career in a high-growth field, such as biotechnology, pharmacology or medical research. Specialists are also needed in fields like agriculture, forensic science and education. Some specific jobs that may be related to this degree include the following:
- Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology
- Clinical research associate
- Forensic scientist
- Analytical chemist
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the anticipated job growth rate for biochemists from 2016 to 2026 is 11 percent, which is faster than average. Some graduates may opt for a different path and pursue a career in science writing, science policy or medical illustration.
The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree at GCU aligns with the standards established by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). It provides a solid starting point for students who wish to advance to graduate school.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.