Biochemistry Major (BS)

George Fox's biochemistry major integrates Christian values in the curriculum.

Interested in pursuing a career in the sciences? Consider the many options open to you with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from George Fox University. As a biochemistry major you’ll learn the scientific theories and techniques that focus on the chemistry of living organisms.

This major includes a wide range of courses from both chemistry and biology, so it’s an ideal choice for those interested in graduate education in biochemistry, chemistry or biology; a career in medicine or medical research; or employment in the areas of food science, agricultural research or the biotechnology industry.

The quality of our program is reflected by the track record of our graduates, many of whom have achieved success at some of the nation’s top graduate and professional schools and in the job market.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Biochemistry majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment in the biochemistry industry is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations, as biotechnological research and development continues to increase in importance in our society. This demand will be fueled by several factors, including research in human genetics, medical treatments, genetic research in agriculture, and the desire to find new ways to improve our environment.

  • Professor of Chemistry, Bethel University
  • Professor of Chemistry, Montana State University Northern
  • Senior Research Chemist, Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • Chemistry Teacher, Aloha High School
  • Pharmacist, OHSU
  • CEO, Portland General Electric
  • Forensic Scientist, Arizona Department of Public Safety
  • Chemical Engineer, Hewlett-Packard
  • Physical Therapist, Newberg Physical Therapy
  • Family Physician, private practice
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, private practice
  • Stanford University
  • U.C. Berkeley
  • University of Texas
  • University of Oregon
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Ohio State University
  • Cornell University
  • Emory University
  • U.C. Davis
  • University of Nevada
  • University of Florida
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
  • University of Washington, School of Medicine
  • Loma Linda University, School of Medicine
  • University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore.
  • Bend Research, Bend, Ore.
  • University of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab, Kirkland, Wash.

Student Experiences

Lindsay Denluck,  Graduate student, Oregon State University, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology PhD program

"My professors fostered an environment where students are encouraged to ask questions and seek out truths in all areas of their lives. I really thrived in this, and I transformed from a timid, insecure student to a scholar over these past four years."

- Lindsay Denluck, Graduate student, Oregon State University, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology PhD program

Kia DeMaster, Medical student, University of Southern California

"The Department of Chemistry provided a safe and supportive environment for me to explore my options in careers in science and medicine, both while I was a student at George Fox and after I had graduated. The faculty took the time to get to know me, and challenge and encourage me in exactly the ways that I needed in order to be successful."

- Kia DeMaster, Medical student, University of Southern California

Joani Kroon Curtis, Process Engineer, HP Inc.

"My education at George Fox was excellent. From the small class sizes and experienced professors to ready access to laboratory and chemical analysis equipment, I had everything I needed for success in chemistry."

- Joani Kroon Curtis, Process Engineer, HP Inc.

Points of Distinction

  • Obtain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art chemical instrumentation.
  • Perform cutting-edge research with professors and present your findings at national conferences.
  • Participate in a research-based senior capstone laboratory course.
  • Learn to think critically and solve real-world problems.
  • Be mentored by caring and knowledgeable faculty who are actively involved in chemistry.
  • Choose from a variety of internship and research opportunities.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier national university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.

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