• Biochemistry student at Chapman University
Schmid College of Science and Technology

B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

» Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Our Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program provides a tailored educational experience for those interested in the chemical processes of living organisms. You'll develop a strong academic foundation in this multidisciplinary field and gain extensive research experience. 

All students complete a research capstone that will be a culmination of what you learn in the program. Your capstone will serve as a demonstration of your knowledge and research abilities, and can assist your entry into graduate school, professional school or the first step of your career.

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Where This Degree Will Take You

After finishing the program, you will have extensive research experience and a strong foundation in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Our program has earned a prestigious accreditation by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, which helps to provide Chapman students with great opportunities for graduate school and their careers. 

These assets make graduates well-prepared for:

  • Employment as a biochemist or biomedical scientist in government or industries which involve recombinant DNA technologies, stem cell research, gene therapy, drug design, genomics and proteomics, genetic engineering, molecular biology, and biomedical devices.
  • Professional schools, including dental, medical, pharmacy, veterinary and other allied health care fields as well as law, business and education.
  • Graduate school in various bioscience fields (view Accelerated Programs below for Chapman’s 4+1 options).

Our career advisor will help you explore these options. For more information on career options and outcomes, visit our Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Career page.

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Vidal Arroyo ‘19
Rhodes Scholar
Vidal earned a Rhodes Scholarship, which provides all expenses for 4 years at the University of Oxford. His goal is to design artificial intelligence algorithms to personalize cancer treatment.
Sara Siwiecki ‘18
Sara earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that will support her as she pursues a Ph.D. in biochemistry, biophysics, quantitative biology and structural biology at Yale.

Research Opportunities

Research is a fundamental part of the Biochemistry and Molecular biology program. Every student spends their first two years conducting research as part of a Grand Challenges Initiative project team. You will also work on your own capstone research, which you'll complete during your final year in the program.

In addition, we offer opportunities to get first-hand research through faculty projects in your first-year, an internship with an industry partner, and/or a global education experience.

Funding is available to assist students with costs associated with their research and summer research stipends.

Capstone Research Experience

The capstone experience is your own independent research. You and your faculty mentor will devise a research project aligning with your interests and goals, and what you have previously done in the program.

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Lauren Friend '19
Lauren Friend worked with Dr. Douglas Fudge to research the movement of hagfish, who can fit into spaces smaller than their own diameter.
Kiersten Chong ‘20
For her capstone, Kiersten spent 8 weeks in the Hawaii Pacific Health’s (HPH) Summer Student Research Program (SSRP) in Honolulu, HI.

Program Faculty

Our faculty have diverse specializations and research interests, and they're passionate about working with undergraduate students. This includes advising and mentoring throughout your time at Chapman, as well as partnering with you on gaining substantial research experience.

Our faculty, along with their areas of specialization, are listed below. Feel free to reach out to any of them with questions or to learn more about student research opportunities.

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Faculty Profile: Dr. Marco Bissofi

Dr. Bissofi, Associate Professor and Program Co-Director of Chemistry and Biochemistry, studies prostate and breast cancer. You can learn more about Dr. Bisoffi and his work with students to generate data on this vital research endeavor:

Industry Internship Opportunities

Internships are a great way to earn credit and money while gaining research experience in a professional environment. You will have several industries to choose from, as Chapman is close to hundreds of biomedical, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Our Schmid College career advisor will help you in your internship search. We also have ongoing relationships with many local organizations.

Global Education Opportunities

Studying and researching abroad can be a valuable part of your undergraduate experience. Studying abroad will likely not delay graduation and you may be eligible for a tuition waiver and/or funding awards.

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Student Clubs and Organizations

Joining a student club or organization is a great way to build your community and develop your skillset. Chapman has more than 230 options. You can view Schmid’s College clubs here

Below are options we think are especially relevant for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors:

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Admission & Tour Information

You can learn more about the application process on the University’s Admission website. Specific transfer recommendations are available below. While you consider Chapman, we hope you will also have time to visit for a:

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Related Programs

Chapman encourages you to explore your interests wherever they take you. Many students interested in biochemistry and molecular biology are also curious about:

Biological Sciences


Science Minors

You can explore all of Chapman’s undergraduate majors and minors with our program finder.

Contact Us

Program Questions
Sarah Carranza
Administrative Assistant
Keck Center 290
(714) 628-7233

Admission Questions
(714) 997-6711

Grand Challenges Initiative

Chapman University students partaking in the Grand Challenges Initiative

GCI is a unique two-year research project that is part of the curriculum for all incoming first-year students in Schmid College.

Keck Center for Science & Engineering

Keck Center at Chapman University

The Keck Center is the home of Schmid College and where you will take classes, research and collaborate using cutting-edge instrumentation and facilities. 

ASBMB Accreditation

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Our accreditation from ASBMB means that Chapman students have great opportunities for graduate school and beyond.