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Biochemistry Minor

Are you majoring in either Biology or Chemistry and want to expand your knowledge base with the fascinating study of life at the molecular level where biology meets chemistry? Come and join the Biochemistry minor at McK!

What do you gain with a minor in biochemistry?

Provides wider range of career opportunities in the rapidly advancing fields of research in pharmaceutical and biochemical technology including:

  • Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry
  • Molecular Modelling & Drug Design
  • Genomics & Proteomics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Bioinformatics & Biotechnology

Prepares for graduate programs in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemical Technology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design

Prepares for professional schools such as:

  • Medical school (raises the MCAT score in biochemistry section)
  • Pharmacy school
  • Dental school

Program Curriculum

(required courses)

Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary program with the inclusion of select fundamental courses from biology and chemistry programs in addition to two core courses:

  • Principles of Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Molecular Modelling and Bioinformatics

Program Highlights

Focus on computational skills

  • Using interactive 3-D molecular graphics and modelling software
  • Bioinformatics tools and web resources

Focus on research

  • Completion of molecular modelling projects

Opportunities for Internships/Fellowships

  • Internships in regional biochemical companies
  • NSF REU program scholarships at national research universities in summer.


Biochemistry minors are prepared for employment in pharmaceutical and biochemical technology companies, for graduate study in Biochemical Sciences, and for professional studies in fields such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry or veterinary science.

Some of the companies that our graduates are working for include:

  • Forensic Lab of Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Sigma-Aldrich Company (6)
  • Small Molecule and Inhalation Product Testing Services PPD LLC.
  • Georgia Southern University

Some of the graduate schools that our recent graduates are enrolled in include:

  • Kansas State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Notre Dame University
  • Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine



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chemistry student

I started the biochemistry program not knowing what to expect. I had no idea that this program would shape my way of thinking the way it has. Through the challenging courses, I was able to research and learn about proteins and other biomolecules in a way I didn't know I was capable of. Dr. Ozturk has expanded my thought process and has taught me to be the best that I can. Throughout my time at McKendree I gained many friends with my classmates and faculty that I will carry with me forever.”

~ Neil Berkel '15, Ph.D. student in the Chemistry program at Notre Dame University



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biochemistry student

I have always enjoyed chemistry more than biology, and I didn't want to take extra classes that dealt with biology. I listened to some great advice to earn a biochemistry minor. It helped me tremendously in the job market. Today, I work in the biochemistry field. The knowledge I have gained has been very useful during processing and troubleshooting purification of multiple proteins.”

~ Tara Stacey '14, Production Chemist at Sigma Aldrich



Meet the Faculty


Photo of Robb VanPutteDr. Robb Van Putte

Professor of Biology
Voigt Science Hall 218
(618) 537-6930




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