Frequently Asked Questions

Why major in Biochemistry?

It's a great preparation for careers and graduate school.  Students would be able to select a major which will offer them excellent opportunities for employment or continuing education in graduate or professional schools. This major will also prepare students more adequately for the GRE subject test in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology.  Learn more.

What can I do with a biochemistry major?

This major is particularly useful for students interested in graduate school in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, pharmacology, pharmacy and biophysics. In addition, it is great major for students interested in attending medical school as medicine becomes more molecular in its diagnosis and treatment in the post-genomic era. Likewise it is excellent preparation for students interested in entry-level industrial careers in biotechnology and pharmaceutics.

What are some of the graduate schools that CSB/SJU biochemstry majors have attended?

Graduates from our programs have attended the following medical schools:

  • Mayo Clinic/Foundation, Rochester, Minn.
  • Army Hospital, Bethesda, Md.
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • University North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.

What type of research projects are available in this program?

The biology and chemistry departments have many opportunities for undergraduate research. You may apply for selection into a ten-week summer undergraduate program. Students live on campus and receive a summer stipend as well as board. You may also continue or start research in the academic year.

Many of our students choose to do summer research off campus. In recent years, our students have done summer research at:

  • Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  • Texas South West Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
  • Pacific Northwest Research Institute, Seattle, Wash.
  • National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Md.
  • National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md.
  • Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
  • Eppley Institute, Omaha, Neb.
  • Montana State, Bozeman, Mont.

For more information on research opportunities, visit our Research Web page.

Have a question that isn't answered here?  Please contact Henry Jakubowski, Biochemistry professor.