College of Arts & Sciences
- Science Division
- Kirkbride Hall, Room 323
- tel: 610-499-4002
- fax: 610-499-4496
- Chair of Biochemistry
- Kirkbride, Room 562
- tel: 610-499-4020
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the biochemistry program at Widener.
If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left) or schedule a visit.
What are the admission requirements for the biochemistry major?
The biochemistry major is open to incoming freshmen with a minimum math and verbal SAT score of 1100 (with a math score greater than 600) and GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Transfer students or students enrolled at Widener in another major should consult the biochemistry chair about pursuing the biochemistry major.
Is it possible to minor in biochemistry if I am another science major?
Yes. A minor in biochemistry includes many of the required courses for the biology, chemistry, or chemical engineering major plus BCH 301 (Biochemistry Seminar III), BCH 451/453, (Biochemistry I lecture and lab), BCH 452/454 (Biochemistry II lecture and lab), and MATH 142 or 132.
Biology students also need to take one course from CHEM 365/367 (Analytical Chemistry with lab), CHEM 366/368 (Instrumental Analysis with lab), or CHEM 385/386 (Physical Chemistry I or II).
Chemistry or chemical engineering majors also need to take BIOL 261 (Biological Concepts III) and BIOL 262 (Principles of Modern Genetic Analysis).
See more information about the chemistry minor on page 62 of the course catalog.
Is biochemistry a good pre-healthcare professions major?
Yes. The biochemistry major includes all of the medical school pre-requisite courses plus highly recommended upper-level courses in biology. Biochemistry majors gain valuable research experience and develop analytical skills completing an in-depth senior thesis research project. Additionally, BCH 451 and 452 (Biochemistry I and II) incorporate problem-based learning and case studies, which are often part of the curriculum in medical schools.
When can I start doing research?
Biochemistry majors are encouraged to start a research project as early as the freshman year. This allows majors to try a few different labs or projects before deciding on the topic for their thesis in the spring of their junior year and completing the research in their senior year. Many biochemistry majors also participate in the Summer Research Program as early as the summer after the freshman year.
What kind of job can I get with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry?
You can get a job as a laboratory technician or research assistant in industry or at an academic research institution. If you would like to be in charge of research projects or teach at the college level, you should go to graduate school.