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Biochemistry students at AMU receive a foundation in chemistry and biology, as well as an understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology. As a Biochemistry major, you’ll explore the wonders of modern chemical and biochemical sciences through classroom teaching, lab experiences, scientific literature and independent research.

Careers: Scientist, Biochemist, Biotech, Doctor, Graduate Studies

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Discover the Harmony of Faith and Science

God is the author of the spiritual and the material worlds. By studying biochemistry at AMU, you’ll wonder at the beauty of His handiwork as you collaborate with peers and professors to develop strong independent thinking and complex problem-solving skills. You’ll also acquire the necessary technical expertise to thrive in the biochemical sciences.

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Skills you will gain with

A Biochemistry Degree

  1. Critical thinking and research skills. Familiarize yourself with the best biochemical resources and learn how to critically analyze and evaluate data.
  2. Proficiency using scientific instruments. AMU’s biochemistry program includes a lab component so that you can become familiar with the many types of instruments and experiments used in the field.
  3. Deeper insight into God’s nature and wisdom. All created things, even the tiniest, reflect God’s truth, goodness and beauty. In our biochemistry program, you’ll become intimately familiar with a segment of God’s creation experienced by few others. You’ll marvel at the intricacies of His handiwork on the microscopic level.
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Biochemistry Major

Typical Order of Required Courses for the Major

(All courses are four credits unless otherwise noted.)

CHEM 125 General Chemistry I with laboratory

CHEM 126 General Chemistry II with laboratory

CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I with laboratory

CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II with laboratory

BICM 305 Biochemistry I: Structure, Mechanism and Metabolism with laboratory

BICM 306 Biochemistry II: Biophysical Chemistry with laboratory

BIOL 211 Biology I Cellular and Molecular Biology with laboratory

BIOL 212 Biology II Organismal and Population Biology with laboratory

BIOL 303 Genetics with laboratory

BIOL 305 Molecular Biology with laboratory

PHYS 221 University Physics: Mechanics with laboratory

PHYS 222 University Physics: Materials with laboratory

MATH 151 Calculus I

STAT 230 Applied Statistics or MATH 231 Mathematical Statistics and Design of Experiments

Elective Courses (Twelve credits are required, only four of which can be BICM 497)

BICM 415 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry (2 credits)

Possible Topics Include:

  • Biochemistry and Drug Discovery of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Biochemistry and Drug Discovery of Inflammation
  • Metals in Biology
  • Organic Mechanisms of Drug Action
  • Advanced Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry of Cancer
  • Protein Crystallography
  • Advanced Biochemical Techniques (laboratory)
  • Principles of Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics
  • Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanism
  • Protein Trafficking
  • Bio-organic Chemistry

BICM 497 Directed Research (Variable credit)

The pre-medicine program is designed to offer a complete academic preparation for medical school. Biochemistry (B.A.) is a recommended major for students interested in pre-medicine, although other academic majors are usually acceptable as long as the appropriate pre-requisites* for a given medical school are completed. Students are encouraged to explore the ethical, moral and social implications of modern medicine and technology from a Catholic perspective and should consider taking THEO 390 Catholic Bioethics.

Multiple upper level Biology and Chemistry classes are strongly recommended. Classes include Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, some BICM 415 Biochemistry modules, and Anatomy and Physiology I and II. In preparation for the MCAT examination, minimal requirements should be completed by the end of the junior year. A variety of other supplementary programs, seminars, and lectures are offered.

Minimal Pre-medicine Requirements

  • Biochemistry (1 Semester of Lecture)
  • BIOL 211 Biology I Cellular and Molecular Biology with laboratory
  • BIOL 212 Biology II Organismal and Population Biology with laboratory
  • BIOL 303 Genetics with laboratory
  • CHEM 125 General Chemistry I with laboratory
  • CHEM 126 General Chemistry II with laboratory
  • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I with laboratory
  • CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II with laboratory
  • MATH 150 Functions; MATH 151 Calculus I is strongly recommended
  • PHYS 211 College Physics I with laboratory
  • PHYS 212 College Physics II with laboratory
  • PSYC 201 Principles and Methods of Psychology
  • STAT 230 Applied Statistics

Recommended Pre-medicine Courses

At least 8 upper level credits (300 and above) of Biology courses are required for most medical school admissions. The following course are recommended to fulfill this requirement, and all are recommended to aid in taking the MCAT:

  • BICM 305 Biochemistry I: Structure, Mechanism and Metabolism
  • BICM 306 Biochemistry II: Biophysical Chemistry
  • BICM 415 (Varies by topic. Examples of relevant modules are Chemistry and Mechanism of Enzyme Action, Biochemistry of HIV, Biochemistry in drug discovery, and Biochemistry of Cancer)
  • BIOL 304 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 305 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 309 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 401 Microbiology

†For those intending to major in Biochemistry, please see the Biochemistry Degree section of the catalogue for a sample pre-med track.

*Admission requirements vary by institution. It is highly recommended that students check the requirements of the schools which they are considering.

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The following major equipment is available for research and teaching activities.


Cary Eclipse fluorescence spectrophotometer with 96-well plate reader accessory

Cary 50 UV-Vis spectrophotometer with stopped-flow module accessory

Perkin Elmer RX-I Infrared spectrophotometer

Anasazi FT-NMR spectrometer

Proton and carbon probes

GE Storm Fluorescent Gel Imager and Phosphorimager

Beckman LS 6000SC Liquid Scintillation Counter

Molecular Biology

Syngene GeneFlash and GeneGnome gel documentation stations

UVP Ultraviolet Crosslinker and blot hybridization incubator

New Brunswick Inova and G25 Incubator/shakers

PCR thermocycler (several)

Revco ultra-cold freezer

Motic high-resolution dissecting scopes

VanGuard 1400FL Series fluorescent microscope with high resolution camera

Savant DNA Speedvac

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Sorvall RC5C PLUS superspeed refrigerated centrifuge

Beckman L8-80M ultracentrifuge


Varian CP-3800 capillary gas chromatograph

HP-Agilent GC-Mass Spectrometer ***NEW 9/09***

BioRad Biologic chromatography system

Computer Resources

Macintosh computer lab with G5 server

Wavefunction Spartan 06 software for molecular mechanics and quantum chemical modeling

Chemical Abstracts SciFinder Scholar Database access with structure search module

Building Facilities

Dark room

Cold room

Media prep room

Amsco Renaissance Series autoclave

Fully equipped research-dedicated labs for biological and chemical research

In the last couple years, we have placed our Biochemistry majors in several summer research REU/internship programs at:

  • Harvard/MIT
  • Texas A&M
  • Syracuse University
  • Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction
  • University of South Alabama
  • Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals

Our Biochemistry graduates have gone on to advance their careers or professions in a variety of ways:

Charlotte Kunkler (2016, Biochemistry) Ph.D. student, Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame
Lexi Hammerquist (2016, Biochemistry/Valedictorian) Medical student, Creighton University Medical School
Sarah Downes (2016, Biochemistry, Dentistry student, University of Kentucky
John Robert Griswold (2015, Biochemistry and Physics) Graduate student, University of South Alabama, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Dominic Buckley (2015, Biochemistry) Ph.D. student, Biochemistry, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Megan Rivera (2015, Biochemistry) Medical student, Florida State University College of Medicine
Trevor Sasserath (2015, Biochemistry) Research associate, University of Central Florida NanoScience Technology Center; cell biologist, Hesperos

Even before we introduced the Biochemistry major, several students participated in extensive research in our labs and have continued their pursuit of Biochemistry:

Joseph Embry, veterinary medicine, Texas A&M
David Hallenbeck, dental school, University of Buffalo
Levi Embry, veterinary medicine, Oklahoma State University
Duy Nguyen, medical school, St. George’s University School of Medicine
Phillip Buckley, graduate of the University of Kansas School of Dentistry and recipient of the Army Dental Health Scholarship
Dr. Andrew Mullally, graduate of the Michigan State School of Human Medicine (Michigan State University)
Dan Ade, Indiana University School of Dentistry
Anthony Jay, granted Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University

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