Relationships with professors, camaraderie with your peers, and numerous opportunities for direct experience are what make your Biochemistry studies at Asbury University unparalleled by big-box institutions.
Big-box schools may have larger departments and bigger budgets, but you do not get better training by being one of the hundreds. As an Asbury student, in both introductory and upper-division classes the small class sizes ensure professors are available to answer your questions, leaving you ready for the steps ahead.
A strength of Asbury’s Biochemistry program is that you can, and will, use all of our equipment. Biochemistry students have access to chromatography, NMR and FTIR instruments, atomic absorption spectrometers, UV-visible spectrometers and HPLC instruments, high-resolution research microscopes, autoclaves, and more.
What is the Biochemistry major like?
The most popular Chemistry program at Asbury is Biochemistry. Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the interface between Biology and Chemistry.
As a Biochemistry major, you will take courses such as
Cell and Molecular Biology
What can I do with a degree in Biochemistry?
The area of biochemistry constitutes one of the most active and exciting areas in science as scientists seek to understand the molecular basis of life.
The job market in Biochemistry is steadily growing. Many of our Biochemistry majors become
Doctors of Medicine
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
PhDs in various programs, such as Molecular Biology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
What opportunities will I have outside of class?
Many Asbury students do their senior research with other highly respected institutions, and every year AU receives compliments about the quality, knowledge, and work ethic of our students. Many of those students then receive scholarships for grad school.
At Asbury, experienced faculty work with you directly as you prepare to present your research at the annual SEARCH competition and in other conferences across the nation. Biochemistry majors also have many opportunities to do research with Asbury alums and to participate in national research programs. Some of the research our students have done:
“Studies Towards the Synthesis and Metal Complexing Ability of a Novel Triether” Rebekah ’18
“Characterization of B10p53R5 Tumor Stem Cells” Emily ’18
“Autologous Regulatory T cell Infusion for Tolerance Induction in Renal Transplant Recipients” Hunter ’19
“Impact of Nicotine on the Distribution of Cytokines in the Each Trimester of Pregnancy” Emma ’19
To graduate must complete all major requirements, foundational requirements, and additional electives needed for the 124-hour minimum degree requirement. This program may require more than 124 credits for a degree due to specific requirements.
Major Requirements (82)
Cross-Disciplinary Requirements (29)
__ 3 BIO 201 General Biology I
__ 3 BIO 202 General Biology II
__ 1 BIO 203 General Biology Lab I
__ 1 BIO 204 General Biology Lab II
__ 2 BIO 341 Ethical Issues
__ 4 MAT 181 Calculus I ___ Lab
__ 4 MAT 182 Calculus II ___ Lab
__ 4 PHY 201 Intro Physics I ___ Lab
__ 4 PHY 202 Intro Physics II ___ Lab
__ 3 PSY 315 Stats for Behavioral Science
Chemistry Requirements (35)
__ 3 CHE 121 Gen College Chemistry I
__ 3 CHE 122 Gen College Chemistry II
__ 1 CHE 123 Gen College Chemistry Lab I
__ 1 CHE 124 Gen College Chemistry Lab II
__ 4 CHE 201 Organic Chemistry ___ Lab
__ 4 CHE 202 Organic Chemistry ___ Lab
__ 4 CHE 321 Analytical Chemistry ___ Lab
__ 4 CHE 371 Biochemistry ___ Lab
__ 3 CHE 382 Inorganic Chemistry
__ 1 CHE 399 Intro to Chem Research
__ 2 CHE 400 Senior Research
__ 4 CHE 421 Physical Chemistry ___ Lab
__ 1 CHE 475 Senior Seminar
Biochemistry Track (18)
__ 3 BIO 352 Physiology
__ 1 BIO 354 Physiology Lab
__ 3 BIO 372 Cell & Molecular Biology
__ 1 BIO 374 Cell & Molecular Biology Lab
__ 3 BIO 322 Genetics
BIO 379 Immunology
Choose one Health Care course:
__ 3 HC ___ ___________________
Choose one additional 4-credit Science 300 or higher with lab:
__ 4 BIO/CHE ___ ____________________
Plus Foundational Requirements (43)
(3 hours Math and 4 hours Science satisfied by required major courses.)
Plus electives if needed for the 124-hour degree requirement
Complete and submit your application through Common App or our online application form.
Send in your additional materials (transcripts and test scores).
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Sending Test Scores
We require ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning Test (CLT) test scores or an additional essay and interview as part of our Test-Optional admission process before your application can be reviewed.
ACT code: 1486
SAT code: 1019
CLT: Select Asbury University as a score recipient
Our Test-Optional admission process does not require ACT, SAT or CLT scores but does require an additional essay and interview before your application for admission can be reviewed. To choose Test-Optional, contact your counselor. (Common App applicants can select it as their Test Plan on the application.) Please note that test scores are still required for some Asbury scholarships.
Official transcripts are required from your high school before your application can be reviewed. Transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to the Asbury University Admissions Office.
Homeschool students: Your transcript must include courses taken, grades earned, class rank (if available), and your cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average), among other items.
International students: Please review the international admissions process.
GED students: Submit official copies of your GED (General Education Development Test) scores in place of a high school transcript.
You are considered a freshman for the application and financial aid processes if you have not taken any college/university classes more recently than the summer after your high school graduation.
If you have taken dual credit/dual enrollment classes, you can transfer them to Asbury to count toward your degree by sending transcripts from the sponsoring college/university upon your acceptance to Asbury.
Asbury accepts transfer credit from AP, CLEP, IB, and AICE tests. To receive credit, submit test results to the Asbury University Admissions Office after you have been admitted.
High School Preparation
To be successful in college, we recommend that you take the following classes in high school:
English – four years including one year of Composition
Mathematics – three to four years including Algebra
Social Studies – two years including one year of History
Laboratory Science – two to three years
Foreign Language – two years of the same language