Biochemistry focuses on the chemistry of living things and is one of the fastest growing areas of science. Our biochemistry major at Queens will provide you with a broad background in chemistry, and includes a variety of courses in biology, mathematics, and physics. You will exponentially increase your understanding of science and your marketability in the workplace through our hands-on lab work with modern chemical instrumentation. Research is an important part of our science curriculum, and it is unique here at Queens. You will have the opportunity to work with professors on research projects that interest you. We often partner with community organizations to tackle real issues through our student-faculty research.
General Education Requirements
Perks of Being a Biochemistry Major
- Classes in Rogers Hall
The new Rogers Hall features state-of-the-art classroom and lab space, a rooftop green house and herbarium, an exterior "green wall" made of NC plants in the shape of a double helix. Its award-winning design is also Platinum LEED-certified, demonstrating the environmental conservation that's taught within its walls.
- Caring, committed professors
Our learning environment features an award-winning faculty and a low student-faculty ratio, creating a close-knit community for support.
While pursuing a degree in biochemistry, our students have held internships or conducted summer research with:
- Johns Hopkins University
- CVS Pharmacy
- GlaxoSmithKline USA
- Sanger Clinic (Pediatric Cardiology)
- Moffitt Cancer Center: University of South Florida
Speaking of her Queens faculty, biochemistry major Sarah Schoenhals '10, who is now enrolled at the University of Utah Medical School says, "It's really nice to still be able to contact them and ask for advice, several years after graduating."
When You Graduate
As a biochemistry major, you will be prepared for careers in a wide variety of fields including:
- Chemical research
- Forensic science
Our students have gone on to work for companies such as Caroline Medical Center, Merck and the American Red Cross.
You will also be well-equipped for graduate school. Our students have gone on to study at the following graduate schools, to name a few:
- Auburn University (pharmacy)
- University of Utah (medicine)
- University of Maryland (medicine)
- University of Missouri (veterinary medicine)
Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.
- The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program.
- The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.