Study the molecular basis of life. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Drawing from our interdisciplinary connections with the Chemistry and Biology programs, this program studies life processes occurring at the molecular level. You will examine biological molecules, structures, and reactions, and learn how biological molecules interact to form cells and organisms. And you'll be well-prepared for graduate study in the biological sciences. 

Credential Type

    BA, BS

Credits Required

  • 124

Offered As

  • Major

Related Information

  • Health professions advising program

98.9% employed or in graduate school

Within six months of graduation, nearly 99% of Wheaton’s Class of 2021 found work in their field or continued their education.

86% pursue advanced degrees

The majority of Wheaton biology majors attend graduate, medical, dental, veterinary, or nursing school within 10 years.

11:1 student-faculty ratio

Small class sizes mean individualized attention and greater access to faculty.

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Program Highlight Benefit From an Integrative Approach

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is part of the Biological and Health Sciences Department, which also includes Biology, Neurology, Health Science, and Conservation & Ecological Health. Together, these five majors share a core curriculum designed to introduce you to the underpinnings of biological and health sciences and teach you how to read, write, produce, and speak about science. With this firm foundation, you will be well-positioned to pursue the major of your choice

Our interdisciplinary approach also allows us to creatively leverage existing relationships with other departments such as Chemistry, Geology & Environmental Science, and Psychology, to provide an integrated, robust learning experience that prepares you well for graduate school, medical school, or any number of careers in the field of biological and health sciences.

Sample Classes

As a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, you’ll take courses from across academic departments and disciplines. Sample core and elective classes include:

  • General Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis 
  • Biochemical Analysis

Faces & Spaces Where You’ll Learn, Who You’ll Meet

Our Faculty

Learn from caring, accomplished faculty members with expertise in areas such as cell biology, bacteria, molecular mechanisms, evolutionary biology, gene expression, public health, and theories of origins.

Our Facilities & Equipment

The Meyer Science Center is home to state-of-the-art labs and learning spaces filled with modern equipment and instrumentation.

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Our Experiences

Studying biochemistry and molecular biology at Wheaton opens students up to many immersive learning experiences, from collaborative research projects with faculty mentors and internships to mission-driven service work around Chicagoland and abroad. Majors also have the opportunity to study at the Wheaton College Science Station, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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WITH Wheaton Opportunities Across Campus & Beyond

Interdisciplinary learning is a way of life at Wheaton. Aside from your work within your chosen major, you can enrich your educational experience and connect with peers and professors across campus (and beyond) in many ways.


Real-World Learning at Wheaton & Beyond

  • Wheaton in the Black Hills
  • Wheaton Summer Research Program

Other Opportunities

  • Wheaton Summer Research Program
  • Internships
  • Teaching and lab assistantships
  • Campus employment with the campus arboretum, aquarium, and greenhouses
  • Other international and domestic travel programs  
  • Summer science camps for local high school students

Related Centers, Organizations & Co-Curriculars

  • Health Professions Advising 
  • Wheaton A Rocha

 Additional Academic Opportunities: Common Minors, Certificates & Second Majors


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Faith & Learning

A Wheaton education is built on the foundation of our unique Christ at the Core general education curriculum. The biochemistry and molecular biology curriculum is designed to help students develop both a Christian and scientific perspective for their careers and practices as stewards of God’s creation.

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Next Steps

Interested in studying biochemistry and molecular biology at Wheaton? Request more information or start your application today.