Biochemistry, by textbook definition, is an effort to understand biology through the context of chemistry. Biochemistry lectures at Wartburg College topically include macromolecules, enzymes, and human metabolism. Techniques taught in biochemistry laboratory are utilized in many fields, including microbiology, forensics, neurobiology, and cancer research.

Through a dynamic curriculum that includes flexibility of course choice to match your interests and a research component anchored by a state-of-the-art science facility, a Wartburg biochemistry degree will uniquely prepare you for a career in health, research, biotechnology, or education.

Program Fast Facts

Excellent Placement in Graduate and Professional Schools

The Wartburg biochemistry program has grown steadily since its inception fifteen years ago, with over seventy-five students having graduated with degrees in biochemistry within the last ten years. Approximately 40% of those graduates were accepted into medical school within a year of graduation (94 percent acceptance rate), while 20% matriculated into Ph.D. programs throughout the county (100 percent acceptance rate). Over the last five years (2011-2016), Wartburg Biochemistry majors have scored 75 ± 20% nationally on their MCAT exams (N=23).

Numerous Career Options

Recent graduates have gained positions in teaching, biotechnology, or work as technicians in an industrial, state, national, or university laboratory. Other options include technical writer, patent agent, environmental work, or the field of forensic science.



17½ course credits:

  • BI 151 Biology I: Ecosystems, Cells, and Evolution
  • BI 152 Biology II: Phylogeny, Structure, and Function
  • BI 211 Genetics
  • CH 113 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CH 114 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CH 211 Organic Chemistry I
  • CH 212 Organic Chemistry II
  • CH 315 Quantum Chemistry or
  • CH 316 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • CH 325 Biochemistry
  • CH 425 Advanced Biochemistry
  • CH 455 Methods of Biochemical Research
  • CH 456 Student-Originated Research
  • CH 461 Science Seminar or
  • BI 461 Science Seminar
  • MA 214 Statistical Methods
  • MA 251 Foundational Differential Calculus
  • MA 252 Foundational Integral Calculus
  • PHY 101 General Physics I and
  • PHY 102 General Physics II or
  • PHY 203 Classical Physics I and
  • PHY 204 Classical Physics II

One course credit from:

  • BI 221 Cell Biology
  • BI 304 Developmental Biology
  • BI 305 Microbiology
  • BI 416 Molecular Biology of Cancer
  • NSC 335 Neurobiology

One course credit from:

  • CH 217 Analytical Chemistry
  • CH 315 Quantum Chemistry
  • CH 316 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • CH 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CH 421 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Program taught in:
  • English

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