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Welch Scholarship

Students in chemistry-related majors at St. Edward’s may apply for Welch Foundation undergraduate research scholarships — including a summer scholarship that provides a six-week stipend to conduct research.

Science Students Win Business Competition

Biology major Jana Soares ’15 and Biochemistry major Katharina Weber ’15 won second place and a $1,000 cash prize in the St. Edward’s 2013 Business Plan Competition. Their proposed business venture, Forget-Me-Not, is a smartphone medical app for those who require frequent monitoring of medical vital signs. 

Biochemistry

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at St. Edward’s prepares you for careers in a challenging field that has solved the mysteries of cellular activity and developed lifesaving vaccines. We emphasize experiential learning. You’ll enroll in at least two semesters of research courses and join a student-faculty research group with the goal of producing and presenting professional-level work.

Students benefit from spacious, open-lab environments in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for innovative and collaborative research. St. Edward’s is among the best-equipped small-college natural science programs in the country.

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Overview:

As a BS in Biochemistry major, you’ll explore the chemical processes and reactions that take place within living organisms at the molecular level. Building on your passion for the natural sciences, this program leads you through a solid mix of Chemistry and Biology courses to a thorough grounding in the fundamental concepts of the discipline.

Many students select this degree to prepare for entry into health professional schools, such as medical or dental school, or for graduate study in related disciplines. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, labs, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

With a BS in Biochemistry, graduates may work as lab technicians or research assistants in pharmaceutical or agribusiness companies, biotech firms, hospital and forensic laboratories, or even the Food and Drug Administration. Advanced degrees are required for greater research opportunities and teaching positions. Our students have gone on to pursue graduate, medical, pharmacy and dental degrees at such universities as Stanford, Vanderbilt, University of California at Davis, University of Texas Health Science Center–Houston and Texas A&M.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• Oral Communication
• College Mathematics

• Computational Skills
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective

• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (72 CREDIT HOURS):
Chemistry Required Courses
• General Chemistry, Lab
• Chemistry Seminar
• Analytical Chemistry, Lab
• Organic Chemistry I, Lab
• Organic Chemistry II, Lab
• Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
• Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
• Biochemistry I
• Biochemistry II
• Biochemistry Laboratory
• Research (3 times)
• Upper-division Chemistry Elective

Biology Required Courses
• General Biology: Cells, Genetics and Organ Systems, Lab
• General Biology: Organisms and Populations, Lab
• Molecular Biology
• Cell Biology
• Microbiology, Lab

V. SUPPORTING REQUIRED COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Calculus I, Lab
• Calculus II
• Mechanics and Waves, Lab or University Physics I, Lab
• Electricity, Magnetism and Optics, Lab or University Physics II, Lab
• History and Philosophy of Science

VI. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

Research

At St. Edward’s, you’ll participate in professional-level research typically reserved for graduate students at larger universities. Students work alongside professors on a variety of subjects within Biochemistry. Engaging in advanced research will sharpen your résumé, build your confidence and skills, and prepare you for graduate studies and your career.

Our students publish and present their work — and win awards — at local, regional and national conferences, including these:

  • American Chemical Society – National
  • American Chemical Society – Southwest Region
  • Texas Academy of Science

Students also present at St. Edward’s University events:

  • Honors Thesis Symposium
  • McNair Scholars Conference
  • Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE)
  • Senior Seminar Symposium in the School of Natural Sciences

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