Understanding what living things are made of and how they function is part of fulfilling God’s command to take care of the earth. At BJU you’ll take an in-depth look at living things on both the cellular and the molecular levels, so you’ll be equipped for a career in biomedical research, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceuticals, genetics, cancer research or one of many other options.
Additionally, you’ll learn how to think like a scientist by working through significant problems. You’ll discover that thinking biblically about your field contributes both to your understanding and to your success in the vocation you choose.
BJU’s biochemistry and molecular biology program gives you a solid groundwork in biology before tackling the chemistry of living things, including proteins, nucleic acids, electron transport and cellular regulatory systems. The program is highly interdisciplinary, so you’ll build a foundation in core subjects, such as mathematics and physics.
Additionally, each week you’ll put into practice what you’re learning in the lab. During your time in the lab, you’ll learn how to work well with your peers, and you’ll become adept in lab procedures and in using standard lab equipment. Your lab work will culminate in a research project during your senior year. In this project, you’ll use what you’ve learned to formulate an original research proposal and then implement it.
Throughout your courses you’ll also learn about the evolutionary framework of science so that you can understand how evolutionists think, and more importantly, how a biblical worldview gives more reasonable explanations of science than what an evolutionary worldview has to offer.
The BJU Core will further prepare you to excel in what God has for your future, both in your career and in your personal life. You’ll improve your skills in communication, organization and critical thinking through subjects such as English, history and science.
Through the BJU Core you’ll learn more about the world around you so you’ll be able, like Jesus was in His time on the earth, to make biblical truths understandable to people from a wide variety of backgrounds. And you’ll learn how your work ethic itself can be a witness—a reflection of God and His glory.
Biochemistry and molecular biology is a highly specialized program with all your electives being part of the BJU Core. If you would like to take additional electives, you can explore taking classes over the summer through BJUOnline or increasing your class load during the semester.
Timothy Tittiris, ’10
Bob Jones University provided me with a solid foundation for succeeding in the field of secular academia. My chemistry professors taught me to be diligent in studying to achieve a deeper understanding of chemistry.
With their help and guidance, I was able to get accepted into graduate school at the University at Buffalo, which led to my appointment as a chemistry teaching assistant.
The biblical emphasis helped reinforce my convictions so I can represent my Savior with my life decisions. I continue to praise the Lord in how He has worked in my life in giving me success in my current work situation. I have been promoted in my teaching assignments and have even been appointed as a teaching assistant for a higher-level chemistry course.
I pray that Bob Jones University is able to continue to help their students understand to focus on Christ first and then He will lead them and bless them as they strive to serve Him in whatever field He has placed them.
Stephen Iwanowycz ’11
PhD Student, University of South Carolina
Along with direct training in the field, the faculty also provided me with constant encouragement and help whenever needed. Their love for God and His creation was always evident and strengthened my desire to continue to study science. I am extremely grateful for the strong training I received at BJU.
I am currently working on a PhD in biomedical sciences at the University of South Carolina. I graduated from BJU in May 2011 from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program, and was able to begin a PhD program at USC the same fall. BJU’S Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program prepared me well for my PhD program. The classes provided me with a strong background in molecular and cell biology which made transitioning to graduate level courses easy.
Further, the courses were designed to emphasize the importance of critical thinking and they helped me learn how to critically evaluate whatever I read and to break down new subjects into the major concepts; skills which have helped me daily when reading and evaluating complex research articles.
Also, another area which was a tremendous help to me was the lab classes. I learned techniques which I use on almost a daily basis, and became familiar with many of the instruments and equipment used in biomedical research. However, what I think best prepared me for my career was that from my freshman science courses to my senior research project, the courses were designed to teach us how to design experiments to investigate a problem.
Being given access to the labs outside of scheduled class time, having to work on projects which required designing and carrying out my own experiments helped give me the experience and training I needed to pursue a career in biomedical research.
Along with direct training in the field, the faculty also provided me with constant encouragement and help whenever needed. Their love for God and His creation was always evident and strengthened my desire to continue to study science. I am extremely grateful for strong training I received at BJU.
Elizabeth Clipperton, ’11
I am currently a doctoral student at Washington University in St. Louis. My undergraduate training at BJU helped prepare me both academically and spiritually for where I am today.
Academically, I received the strong foundational understanding of cell biology and chemistry that I needed to excel in my first year graduate courses. This allowed me to spend more time my first year in lab rotations, and continues to assist me as I work toward my doctoral thesis.
In addition to an understanding of foundational concepts, my time at BJU was instrumental in shaping my critical thinking and analysis. I can read a journal article or listen to a presentation and ask the appropriate questions.
More importantly, my time at BJU strengthened me spiritually. Through interactions with peers and professors, God pointed out areas in my life that needed to change. The professors in the biology and chemistry departments truly loved God and wanted to help their students. Several became spiritual mentors for me—they discussed their spiritual struggles, and in turn I felt free to share with them spiritual struggles I was facing. All this spiritual preparation was necessary for where I am now, surrounded by unbelievers.
I thank God for how He used my experience at BJU to help me grow academically and spiritually.
We equip our students in the biochemistry and molecular biology program for further studies in graduate programs and entry-level positions in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, forensics, medical research or related industries.
- Biomedical Researcher
- Cellular Physiologist
- Medicinal Chemist
- Molecular Biologist
- Patent Researcher
- Proteomics Researcher
- Research Scientist
Our biochemistry and molecular biology graduates have been accepted into graduate schools such as:
- Clemson University
- Duke University
- University at Albany—SUNY
- University at Buffalo—SUNY
- University of Maryland College of Pharmacy
- University of Missouri
- University of North Carolina – Greensboro
- University of South Carolina
- University of Virginia School of Medicine
- Washington University
Our graduates have gone into top companies and have obtained valuable positions in companies and are becoming leaders in their fields. They are ready to use what they’ve learned at BJU to serve God in whatever capacity He directs them. Organizations include:
- Lab Manager and Research Technician, University of Notre Dame
- PhD Candidate—Medicinal Chemistry and Biochemistry Teaching Assistant (Buffalo, N.Y.)
- Quality Control Lab Analyst, Ortec Incorporated
- PhD Student—Molecular Cell Biology, Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.)
- PhD Student—Biomedical Sciences, University of South Carolina
Career Support Assistance
BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on CareerCentral, our online placement service. In addition, over 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs. The Career Services office also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.
Our chemistry laboratories house a wide range of significant scientific instrumentation that you’ll get to use throughout your studies. These include:
Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer
NMR spectrometry is one of the most important methods of analysis used to determine molecular structure.
Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer
Gas chromatography is used to analyze mixtures of organic compounds; the mass spectrometer is a sensitive and selective detector that considerably enhances the utility of the GC.
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer
IR spectrometry enables the chemist to identify key functional groups on molecules as well as to examine their vibrational fingerprints.
Atomic Absorption/Flame Emission Spectrometer
This instrument is used to analyze metals in samples that have been introduced into a stable, geometrically controlled flame.
High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph
Liquid chromatography is one of the most important standard methods of analysis used in laboratories in a wide range of commercial and research contexts. This instrument is equipped with a variable-wavelength UV (ultraviolet) detector that enables the detection of a wide range of substances.
This electroanalytical instrument is used to study oxidation-reduction processes with experimental techniques known as cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry and chronovoltammetry.
American Chemical Society
You also have the option of joining the American Chemical Society and attending meetings of the Western Carolinas section.
You can also apply for one of a limited number of summer positions available in the BJU Research Immersion for Undergraduates program or in BJU’s cancer research lab.
All biology and chemistry faculty have earned PhDs from research institutions in subject areas that include microbiology, analytical chemistry, plant physiology, biological sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, analytical chemistry, entomology and agrobiology, and agrochemistry.
Several have more than 30 years of teaching experience, and all have published articles in peer-reviewed research journals. Almost all have participated in multiple summers of the BJU Summer Institute in Teaching Science. Since joining the faculty at BJU some have participated in summer research and done consulting for commercial companies, other universities, or the U.S. military.
Courses & Objectives
Sample Course Outline
- BJU Core
Each student will:
- Critically analyze scientific data and ideas.
- Account for the chemical and physical properties of proteins, nucleic acids, and other molecules in terms of chemical concepts and principles.
- Employ the scientific method in designing experiments in the laboratory to answer scientific questions.
- Solve scientific problems.
- Execute standard biochemical laboratory techniques.
- Compose reports that communicate conclusions drawn from the analysis of biochemical data.