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Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Biochemistry BS? - Program Spotlight

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biochemistry at Ferris provides a core of chemistry courses that includes organic, inorganic, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. These courses take the student through the atomic and molecular nature of matter and ultimately focus on the behaviors of matter in living systems. The chemistry is supported by solid coursework in mathematics, physics and biology. Biochemistry students should have a particular interest in and aptitude for science, especially as it pertains to living systems, and a desire to explore the connections with other fields of knowledge. Advanced students may participate in independent study and undergraduate research projects.

Career Opportunities

In these days of rapid advances in the biosciences-from genetically engineered agricultural products to artificial photosynthesis to DNA fingerprinting-there are few careers that have no connection to chemistry and biochemistry. A BS in Biochemistry can prepare a student for a number of professional schools including medical, dental, veterinarian, even law school. Biochemists are often employed as research assistants in industry, government, education and health service. It can also be a very useful degree for individuals who are considering careers in interdisciplinary fields, for example, marketing new technologies, technical writing/communication, forensic analysis and so on. A major in biochemistry provides an education in a dynamic field with applications to suit a wide variety of personal career goals.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose. High school courses and grade point average, ACT/SAT16 composite score, and ACT/SAT16 reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course or they will be considered as first year students. 

General Education Requirements

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree.  Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website.  

All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the Biochemistry major, and all general education requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. No grade lower than 'C' will count toward the major. Residency requirement is 30 minimum FSU semester credits, with a minimum of 40 credits numbered 300 or higher (excluding community college credits). Students may not earn the BIOC BS degree in conjunction with any of the following degrees: ICT AAS, CHEM BA, BIOC BA, Industrial CHEM BS or BIOT BS.

More Information 

ADVISOR: Dr. Kim Colvert
PHONE: 231-591-5851

Department of Physical Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3021
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2580

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