Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Offered as a major (B.S.)

The building blocks of life.

Biochemists and molecular biologists study the chemistry of life. This includes the study of protein structure and function, metabolism, and the mechanics of DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis.

Our program emphasizes genomics and bioinformatics as methods that teach you how to perform research, as you are encouraged to design and carry out your own experiments.

The Curriculum

The biochemistry curriculum prepares you for positions in industrial and governmental research laboratories. As such, internships and hands-on research will play a big part of your learning experience in this major. And when you're working in a lab on campus, our state-of-the-art equipment and resources ensure that you have access to the latest scientific information and techniques. Additionally, preprofessional programs in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and bioengineering can be pursued through this program.

The Professors

Your Future

Careers in biochemistry and molecular biology are available in government and private companies and include positions in a variety of research industries. The growing areas of genetics and biotechnology provide many career opportunities with companies such as Amgen and Baxter Biotech, both international biotechnology companies that are located near the University.

Likewise, many biochemistry majors from Cal Lutheran are accepted into medical, dental, pharmaceutical and graduate schools throughout the United States.

Graduate Schools

  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Colorado University
  • Concordia University
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Tennessee


  • 3M
  • Amgen
  • BioSource International
  • Hirauo Optometric
  • UCLA Research Lab
  • Invitrogen

Career Paths

  • Quality Control Chemist
  • BioTech Manufacturing Associate
  • Research Associate
  • EMT
  • Research Associate
  • Associate Scientist
  • Science Teacher
of our students are either enrolled in graduate programs or are employed within nine months of graduation.

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