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Biochemistry (BA) (BS)

Microscopic studies. Big discoveries.

Biochemistry -- where biology and chemistry intersect -- is the study of living things at the molecular level. This interdisciplinary field of science is exciting and versatile, with topics ranging from disease and DNA to forensic science and agriculture.

A degree in biochemistry can lead to a career as a biochemist or serve as a foundation for medical school.

ACU offers two distinct degrees in biochemistry to help you reach your specific career goal.

The Bachelor of Arts prepares you for entry into professional schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or optometry or into careers in biotechnology or pharmaceuticals.

The Bachelor of Science prepares you for professional schools, graduate studies in biochemistry, or to pursue careers as professional biochemists. This degree includes a choice between four tracks:

Standard - includes studies in calculus, analytical chemistry and general physics.

American Chemical Society (ACS) - includes additional advanced studies in calculus, analytical chemistry and engineering physics.

Biomedical Sciences - designed for those preparing to enter professional schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or optometry, or who wish to enter the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries.

Pre-Vet track - prepares students who plan to enter professional veterinary schools.

In addition, the health professions fast-track cooperative degree offers students the chance to enter professional school after only three years at ACU.

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 29-33 credit hours (Choice of 4 tracks)
+ Electives: 6-10 credit hours 
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
Tracks 4
Department Chemistry and Biochemistry
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Biochemistry
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  • Standard Track (BS)
  • ACS Track (BS)
  • Biomedical Sciences Track (BS)
  • Pre-Vet Track (BS)

What can you do after graduation?

  • Forensic Scientist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Biomedical Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Consultant
  • Biochemist
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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Chemistry and biochemistry students have extensive opportunities to participate in research, internships and student activities, including:

  • Research - on campus or off
  • Summer internships
  • ACU Chemistry Club
  • Field trips to labs, power plants and conferences

About the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Chemistry and biochemistry are the cornerstones of important fields such as biotechnology, polymers, forensic science, environmental monitoring and remediation, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, the petroleum industry, and health sciences. The ACU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry trains students to be exceptional Christian servants and leaders in these chemical and biochemical careers.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.