- Bachelor of Science
Stetson's biochemistry program offers a comprehensive instructional program supported by modern laboratory instrumentation, with an emphasis on small class size and close attention to your needs and interests. Studies in the major include macromolecular structure and function, catalytic strategies of enzymes, DNA replication and repair and the molecular understanding of complex processes including development, disease and aging.
We have an outstanding record of placing students beyond Stetson, with students pursuing postgraduate study in a wide range of areas, including physical, biological and forensic sciences and business, law, medical, dental and pharmacy school. As a biochemistry major, you will also be well-prepared to directly enter the workforce as a government, environmental or industrial lab researcher.
Learn more about the Department of Chemistry.
Making a Difference
We are extremely proud of our graduates. Here are a few recent examples of co-authored published works from our alumni:
- Lacey Lux - Heat-treatment of metal-organic frameworks for green energy applications, Lux, Lacey and Williams, Kia and Ma, Shengqian; CrystEngComm (The Royal Society of Chemistry) 2015 17 (1), 10-22. DOI: 10.1039/C4CE01499E
- Mary Jane Simpson - Spatial Localization of Excitons and Charge Carriers in Hybrid Perovskite Thin Films, Mary Jane Simpson, Benjamin Doughty, Bin Yang, Kai Xiao, and Ying-Zhong Ma, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2015 6 (15), 3041-3047. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b01050
- Jacob B. Geri - A Proton-Switchable Bifunctional Ruthenium Complex That Catalyzes Nitrile Hydroboration, Jacob B. Geri and Nathaniel K. Szymczak, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015 137 (40), 12808-12814. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b08406
- Jacob B. Geri - A systematic examination of ligand basicity effects on bonding in palladium(0)- and palladium(II)-ethylene complexes, Jacob B. Geri and John T. York (2018) Inorganica Chimica Acta, 483, 191-202.
- Jacob B. Geri - Testing the Push–Pull Hypothesis: Lewis Acid Augmented N2 Activation at Iron, Jacob B. Geri, James P. Shanahan, and Nathaniel K. Szymczak, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017 139 (16), 5952-5956. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b01982
- Richard Coulson - Model-effects on likelihood ratios for fire debris, Richard Coulson, Mary R. Williams, Alyssa Allen, Anuradha Akmeemana, Liqiang Ni and Michael Sigman (2018) Forensic Chemistry, 7, 38-46.
- Darash Desal - Rapid and Specific Drug Quality Testing Assay for Artemisinin and Its Derivatives Using a Luminescent Reaction and Novel Microfluidic Technology, Nga T. Ho, Darash Desai, Muhammad H. Zaman, The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2015), 92 (6), 24 – 30. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.14-0392
- S.R. Burket - Determination of nicotine and its metabolites accumulated in fish tissue using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry, Chang, Y.-W., Nguyen, H. P., Chang, M., Burket, S. R., Brooks, B. W. and Schug, K. A. (2015), Journal of Separation Science, 38: 2414–2422. DOI:10.1002/jssc.201500235
Our experienced and successful faculty will help guide you through the journey of our program.
- W. Tandy Grubbs, PhD, Duke University
- Ramee Indralingam, PhD, University of Florida
- Delphine Prevote Pinet, PhD, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
- Harry Price, PhD, University of Illinois
- John York, PhD, University of Minnesota
- Matthew Shannon, PhD, Ohio State University
- Paul Sibbald, PhD, University of Washington
Over the last five years, 53 percent of our graduates have continued on to reputable graduate, medical, dental or other health science postgraduate master's and doctoral programs, and 27 percent have entered directly into the workforce.
Our alumni teach in high schools, colleges and universities. Others work in environmental labs and for manufacturers of healthcare and consumer products. Recent alumni have matriculated in postgraduate programs at
- Notre Dame University
- Duke University
- Georgetown University
- Vanderbilt University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Cornell University
- Emory University
- University of Florida - College of Medicine
- University of Florida Pharmacy, Dental, Medical and Veterinary Schools
- Johns Hopkins Medical School
- University of Wisconsin
- Stetson University College of Law
- Ohio State University
- University of California – San Francisco
- University of Michigan
Although many students with a degree in biochemistry are laying the groundwork for future graduate-level work in medicine, pharma, health and science, the relative growth rate of demand for a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is projected to be more than double the growth rate of the overall labor market for the next 10 years. From health and medical research to chemical and physical sciences, a biochemistry degree can lead to interesting careers and opportunities as medical technologists, chemists, researchers, analysts and scientists. Nearly half of all job listing in this field are for candidates with 0-2 years of experience, indicating a strong demand for recent graduates.
Source: Burning Glass Technologies 2019.
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