Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Program Goals

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seeks to:

  • Increase the number of research opportunities for faculty and students;
  • Increase the number of students and the retention rate of the biochemistry and molecular biology majors.
  • Prepare biochemistry and molecular biology majors for graduate school, professional school, and industry.
  • Monitor the progress of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology alumni after graduation.
  • Use feedback from graduate/professional school advisors to improve the departmental curriculum.


Upon successful completion of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree, the student will be able to:

  • Interpret and explain concepts of biochemistry and molecular biology covered in class.
  • Solve complex problems utilizing critical thinking skills.
  • Read and critically understanding scientific papers and will be able to write lab reports and scientific papers according to guidelines of the American Chemical Society
  • Give scientific presentations
  • Design and formulate experiments to test or challenge hypotheses presented in the laboratory.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the collection and analysis of data in the laboratory.
  • Implement standard laboratory techniques and will be aware of, and practice all safety procedures while working in the lab


For the B.S. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Lincoln University, a student must complete the University core (as stated), the biochemistry and molecular biology major requirements, the math sequence through Calculus II, and the Cooperative Internship/Study Abroad requirements. Each student must have a minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

For Accreditation by the American Chemical Society (ACS), students must take all of the B.S. requirements, the minor in mathematics sequence, plus Physical Chemistry III (CHE-302) and Advanced Inorganic (CHE-403).


University Core specific Requirement

Course Credits
PHY 105/105L - General Physics I and Lab 4
PHY 106/106L - General Physics II and Lab 4
MAT 121 - Calculus I 4
Total 12 credits

Major Requirements

Course Credits
BIO 103 - General Biology I 4
BIO 104 - General Biology II 4
BIO 208 - Genetics 4
BIO 406 - Cell Biology 4
BIO 407 - Molecular Biology 4
CHE 103 - General Chemistry I 4
CHE 104 - General Chemistry II 4
CHE 203 - Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE 204 - Organic Chemistry II 4
CHE 201 - Quantitative Analysis 4
CHE 303 - Biochemistry I 4
CHE 304 - Biochemistry I 4
Total 48 credits

Other Program Requirements

Course Credits
MAT 122 - Math Calculus II 4
Total 4 credits

Other Electives

Course (select 3-4 courses) Credits
BIO 401 - Microbiology 4
BIO 402 - Immunology 4
BIO 304 - Developmental Biology 4
BIO 412 - Neuroscience 4
BIO 413 - Research in Biology I 4
BIO 414 - Research in Biology II 4
CHE 207 - Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHE 301 - Physical Chemistry II 4
CHE 402 - Instrumental Analysis 4
CHE 495 - Independent Study 4
Total Required Credits 12 credits

Academic Enrichment 5 credits

Course Credits
CHE 300 Physical Chemistry I 4
CHE 310 Research Seminar 1
Total 5 credits