Based on the emerging national consensus that science is best taught and learned in an interdisciplinary context, Augustana has created a biochemistry major as a collaboration across several departments.

The major is composed of classes from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. The nature of how science is currently studied and implemented in the workplace heavily favors those who are readily able to integrate across these disciplines.

Why Study Biochemistry?

Students will achieve a broad background in the natural sciences that prepares them for a variety of post-graduation options, including research positions, graduate studies, professional health disciplines, biotechnology, chemical industry, and other professions.

Students graduating with a biochemistry major will have the ability to communicate in a variety of scientific “languages” and position themselves at the forefront of integrative scientific discovery.

Previously, students desiring to attain a degree in both biology and chemistry needed to double major, or obtain minors, in these fields. Biochemistry offers an alternative to the demanding class load required by a biology-chemistry double major. While still a large major, biochemistry offers an interdisciplinary degree for those students hoping to pursue studies across both fields.

In addition, a biochemistry major allows students greater freedom to explore a wide array of courses and areas within the liberal arts curriculum, as well as providing opportunity to further explore additional courses of interest within the sciences.

The biochemistry department will prepare you to enter employment with many skills, the most important of those being how to go about answering a question you don’t know the answer to.