Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program

Our Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology degree prepares students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in biotechnology, molecular biology, or medicine. The major consists of 24 semester hours of chemistry and 23 semester hours of biology coursework.

Our Bachelor of Arts degree prepares students who wish to pursue careers in the biotechnology industry. The major consists of 21 semester hours of chemistry and 21 semester hours of biology coursework.

We also offer a minor in biochemistry designed for those students who wish to pursue careers such as medicine, biotechnology, or graduate studies in biology. The minor consists of 24 semester hours of chemistry course work.

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Dr. Kenny Stephens

Department Head of Chemistry & Physics; Associate Professor of Physics

Majors

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (B.S.)
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (B.A.)

Minors

  • Biochemistry Minor (B.S., B.A.)

Why study Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at HSU?

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Individual Attention

Our major classes and labs maintain a student-to-professor ratio below 8:1. Students have the opportunity for hands-on research and experiments directly with a professor.

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Excellent Faculty

Each faculty member has a Ph.D. in their area of teaching specialty, with over 100 years of teaching experience between the four professors.

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What can you do with Biochemistry & Molecular Biology?

Our Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology prepares students for graduate school or a career as a professional biochemist or biologist.

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Program Details

Bachelor of Science Requirements:

  • CHEM 3401 & 3402 — Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 3411 — Spectroscopy and Chromatography
  • CHEM 4301 — Biophysical Chemistry
  • CHEM 4310, 4311 — Biochemistry
  • CHEM 4312 — Biochemical Techniques
  • BIOL 2420 — Introduction to Cellular Biology
  • BIOL 4330 — Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 4104 — Biology Seminar

At least two (2) of the following

  • BIOL 3302 — Immunology
  • BIOL 4424 — Cell Biology
  • BIOL 3411 — Genetics
  • BIOL 3420 — Microbiology

Eight additional upper-division biology hours are also required.

Required supporting courses:

  • CHEM 1410 & 1411 — General Chemistry
  • BIOL 1320 & 1120 — General Zoology
  • MATH 1320 & 1321 — Calculus
  • PHYS 2401 & 2402 — Physics for Scientists and Engineers

No minor is required since this degree is interdisciplinary.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

  • CHEM 3401 & 3402 — Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 3411 — Spectroscopy and Chromatography
  • CHEM 4310, 4311 — Biochemistry
  • CHEM 4312 — Biochemical Techniques
  • BIOL 2420 — Introduction to Cellular Biology
  • BIOL 4330 — Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 4104 — Biology Seminar

At least two (2) of the following:

  • BIOL 3302 — Immunology
  • BIOL 4424 — Cell Biology
  • BIOL 3411 — Genetics
  • BIOL 3420 — Microbiology

Six additional upper-division biology hours are also required.

Required supporting courses:

  • CHEM 1410 & 1411 — General Chemistry
  • BIOL 1320 & 1120 — General Zoology
  • MATH 1310 — College Algebra
  • MATH 1311 — Trigonometry
  • PHYS 1410 & 1411 — General Physics

No minor is required since this degree is interdisciplinary.

Minor in Biochemistry Requirements:

  • CHEM 1410 & 1411 — General Chemistry
  • CHEM 3401 & 3402 — Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 4310 & 4311 — Biochemistry
  • CHEM 4312 — Biochemical Techniques

All HSU students are eligible for this program.

Hardin-Simmons University students perform admirably in our nation’s medical and dental schools. Many pre-medical and pre-dental students major in chemistry, biology, or biochemistry although it is possible to major in other areas.

The Pre-Pharmacy track at HSU will prepare you to matriculate into a pharmacy school to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Careers in pharmacy cover a variety of different options and specialties. Some career options are listed below:

  • Community Practice
    • Independent or Chain Pharmacy
    • Community Health Center Pharmacy
    • Veterinary Pharmacy
    • Compounding Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Research & Development
  • Hospital or Nuclear Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Education
  • Long-term and Home Health Care Pharmacy

You can learn more about different pharmacy careers at Pharmacy Is Right For Me.

Pre-Pharmacy is considered a track in Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, or Chemistry; it is not a major. Pre-Pharmacy students are required to take specific courses to prepare for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and to apply to pharmacy school. You can choose to major in any field and you can apply to pharmacy school as long as you have completed the prerequisites. Pre-pharmacy track students at HSU generally follow one of the following plans:

  • B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (required major for Texas Tech School of Pharmacy articulation agreement—see below)
  • B.S. in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry or Chemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Biology

Following one of the plans listed above ensures that the prerequisite courses required by most pharmacy schools can be taken as part of the B.S. degree plan. You can learn more about pharmacy program prerequisite courses at Pharmacy Is Right For Me.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy (TTUHSC-SOP) 3+4 Dual Degree Information

  • Students successfully completing the degree program will graduate with a B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from HSU and either a Pharm.D. or Pharm.D./MBA from TTUHSC-SOP
  • Students from HSU who meet the requirements and deadlines of this agreement will be awarded early admission at TTUHSC-SOP
  • Students take their first three years of coursework at HSU, with their remaining four years at TTUHSC-SOP
  • Students entering the Pharm.D. program under this agreement will have their PCAT waived
  • Program acceptance criteria:
    • Texas resident
    • Minimum Math ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 550 and competency in trigonometry
    • Acceptable pre-entry interview
    • Pass a criminal background check
    • GPA of 3.6 during the first semester of enrollment at HSU
    • Maintain overall GPA of 3.7 at HSU
  • For more information contact Dr. Michelle Dose. Students must begin this program as a freshman.

To matriculate into pharmacy school you must score competitively on the Pharmacy College Admission Test. The test has five major sections:

  • Writing (Conventions of Language and Problem Solving)
  • Biological Processes (General Biology, Microbiology, and Human Anatomy & Physiology)
  • Chemical Processes (General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Basic Biochemistry)
  • Critical Reading (Comprehension, Analysis, and Evaluation)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Basic Math, Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Precalculus, and Calculus)

Your performance on the PCAT is reported as your percentile rank which indicates your performance relative to the current PCAT norm group. Most Texas pharmacy schools prefer a PCAT score >50, but a competitive score for Texas pharmacy schools is >70. You can find more information about the PCAT, including a yearly PCAT guide, on the PCAT webpage.

In addition to the prerequisite courses and competitive PCAT score, successful applicants should gain experience by shadowing pharmacists or volunteering at a health center or hospital.  Additionally, it is recommended that pre-pharmacy students work in a pharmacy as clerks or pharmacy technicians.

Approximately 90% of all pharmacy degree programs in the U.S. participate in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) for admission.  You should visit the PharmCAS website to learn more about the admissions process and requirements.

Dr. Andrea Jensen advises Biology majors who are planning to apply to pharmacy school.

Dr. Michelle Dose advises Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemistry majors who are planning to apply to pharmacy school.