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The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 723-6046
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Jennifer Maki, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Science Center, Room 3306
(218) 723-6457

Biochemistry Major

Fast Facts: Biochemistry Major

  • Hybrid major of biology and chemistry plus additional coursework in physics and calculus offers students a comprehensive background in the sciences
  • Great choice of major for those planning to attend graduate school to pursue careers in research or within the medical and health professions
  • High-tech instrumentation and computer labs provide in-depth, hands-on learning experiences
  • Small department engaged in student-focused research; students get the personal attention and assistance they need to succeed
  • Excellent placement rates for graduates
  • Student-run Chemistry/Biochemistry Club enables students with similar interests to further connect
  • St. Scholastica was named on the list of Top 200 schools for Native Americans pursuing degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) by Winds of Change magazine

Program Requirements

Major: 72 credits

Research or Internships

Opportunities for student research and teaching abound in the Biochemistry major. These include:

  • Assisting faculty with personal research projects
  • Participating in paid summer research programs
  • Working as a paid teaching assistant or general assistant in the department


Graduates of the biochemistry and chemistry programs have gone on to work as research, forensic or environmental scientists, hazardous materials managers; and scientific writers. Others have pursued advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

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  • "The biochemistry program at the College of St. Scholastica has prepared me for a life of learning in a complex world. I learned to critically think through problems and am forever indebted to the professors and classmates who mentored me throughout my four years in the program."

    – Kelsi Manley, ‘13