- 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.”
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 do 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.
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.
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.