Bachelor of science offered in biochemistry

July 17, 2013
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications

Starting this fall, Maryville College students majoring in biochemistry now can decide between a bachelor of science track and bachelor of arts track. (Previously, the College only offered a bachelor of arts degree in biochemistry.)

“We proposed this addition to members of the Academic Life Council for several reasons,” explained Dr. Jerilyn Swann, associate professor of biology and chair of the division. “First, we believed that offering a B.S. track in biochemistry would provide an alternative and more robust biochemistry curriculum for students who plan to pursue post-baccalaureate research.

“Secondly, we felt that we needed to respond to a perception of significance held by incoming students and parents who believe that a a higher-value degree than a B.A.,” she continued. “And thirdly, we wanted to provide a biochemistry degree option that included skills-based coursework for students whose vocational aspirations included graduate school or immediate post-graduate employment in a research-based setting.”

The B.S. in biochemistry major adds four courses (two in chemistry and two in biology) to the existing biochemistry degree requirements.