Biology-Chemistry professors and students in front of the Science Building


While we offer degrees in both Biology and Chemistry, the Biology-Chemistry group major combines the courses required for a Biology and a Chemistry degree. By studying Biology-Chemistry, you will earn the knowledge of two bachelor’s degrees. The Biology-Chemistry major at SJC is recommended for pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary, life science teaching, and a wide variety of careers that are Biology or Biology-Chemistry related. No minor is required with this group major.



AS in Biology-Chemistry (2 year)
BS in Biology-Chemistry (4 year)

Group Major

This is a pre-professional program that can help you get into medical, dental, and veterinary school and can pave the way for physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy, and chiropractic graduate study.

Why Biology-Chemistry?

  • 1A degree in Biology-Chemistry will enable you to become an expert in two fields of science.
  • 2A bachelor’s degree in Biology-Chemistry can serve as the basis for hundreds of specialties in the medical field.
  • 3If you are interested in studying medicine, a degree in Biology-Chemistry will put you a step ahead of your competitors. According to The Princeton Review, Biology-Chemistry majors are “the envy of pre-med majors everywhere.”

Careers in Biology-Chemistry

  • Biochemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Geneticist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Researcher

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
  • University of Washington
  • Indiana University
  • DePaul University

Why Study Biology-Chemistry at Saint Joseph’s College?


The Biology-Chemistry major combines the courses required for both a Biology and a Chemistry degree. By studying Biology-Chemistry, you will virtually earn two degrees, which is great for professional studies.

Note: Biology-Chemistry is a 62 credit hour Group Major, meaning students who study Biology-Chemistry earn a single bachelor's degree. If you wish to earn a degree in Biology and a degree in Chemistry, you must double major in Biology and Chemistry. Depending on the Biology track that you choose (Biologist, Physical Theraphy, Forensic Science, or Wildlife Ecology), a double major in Biology and Chemistry requires 80-92 credits. These numbers do not include the 45 credits required for Core.  

Hands-on Experience

At SJC, you will be encouraged to pursue internships. Common Biology-Chemistry internships include working with Eli Lilly, state parks, various hospitals, and doing "in-house" internships with faculty. Students are also encouraged to take part in student research, which is instructed by the faculty on campus.

Dedication to Excellence

A degree in Biology-Chemistry is recommended as preparation for professional schools (e.g. pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary, etc.), life science teaching, and other biology or bio-chemistry careers.

Faculty and Class Size

As a Biology-Chemistry major, you will have the privilege of working with both SJC’s Biology and Chemistry faculty. Both our Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry consist of professors who hold doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise, have published research articles across the country, and have been called as expert witnesses in federal court cases. The average Biology-Chemistry class size varies; introductory classes have about 30 students, while upper-level classes may have 3 to 15 students. Higher level courses require more specialized equipment; therefore, the classes must be kept small.

Student Research

Employers and graduate schools look for laboratory, field method, and scientific writing skills. Research will teach you all three. Nearly all of our recent graduates who were accepted to medical schools, physical therapy schools, and graduate programs in the sciences gained experience by doing research at SJC.

Bio-Chemistry and Genetics with Dr. Cheryl Wistrom, PhD – Dr. Wistrom often sponsors student research or independent studies in bio-chemistry and genetics. Most recently, several of her students extracted potential anti-tumor chemicals from the bark of the Paw-Paw tree. They then assayed the potency of these chemicals against plant tumors. Another one of Dr. Wistrom's students studied tablet dissolution rates to better predict the rate at which tablets release medicines.

Photo | Katherine T. Nguyen '14

Kat Nguyen '14

Kat won second place as an SJC junior for her Chemistry presentation, "Isolation of Fructose," in the competition for a NIPSCO scholarship at SJC's 2013 Undergraduate Colloquium (10th Anniversary).

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.