Molecular Biology & Biochemistry | Hastings College

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Why Major in Molecular Biology or Biochemistry?

You’ll find Biochemistry at Hastings College gives our graduates a gateway to become and enjoy careers as doctors, geneticists, professors and researchers.

Do challenging, valuable work

The molecular sciences are pushing our understanding of the world around us, inspiring a new generation of researchers who will help solve some of the world’s biggest problems at the molecular level. Hastings College will help you gather skills essential to solving those problems. You’ll learn to:

  • Plan and conduct complex experiments
  • Manage lab teams
  • Isolate, analyze, and synthesize proteins, enzymes, DNA, and other molecules
  • Communicate effectively via reports and papers to share ideas and findings with your peers

Go further with a Hastings education

In an environment where professors take an interest in your success, you’ll conduct research and experiments using some great technology, including:

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer
  • Fourier transform infrared spectrometer
  • High-performance liquid chromatograph
  • Gas chromatograph and more

You will also present projects at the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, earn internships and conduct summer research at leading universities that will allow you to network and hone professional skills for career advancement. Off-campus study opportunities may take you to the Fermi National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory plus other scientific and cultural locations.

Most Hastings College students complete their degree in four years, and our four-year guarantee is here to back it up. This means you’ll work closely with your advisor to chart a course in your major. Study abroad, do a service project or lead a club—there’s time, support and a plan for everything.

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals.

Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential.

Graduate with experience

At Hastings, Biochemistry majors serve one and sometimes two internships. Some expand their understanding of the world by studying abroad. Many take advantage of January Term (J-Term) to gather additional experiences and insight that help advance career options. What does all this mean? You’ll graduate from Hastings ready to succeed.

Along your path, you'll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It's an experience that's true to Hastings College, and you won't find it anywhere else.

Protein crystallography leads to structural insight and skills for graduate school »
Biochemistry major experiences lipids and laser tag in REU program »

Get involved beyond the Biochemistry classroom

  • Alpha Chi (Academic Honor Society)

In addition to Alpha Chi, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for Biochemistry majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores. Plus, you can earn talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics.

First employers for recent graduates

  • Aventine Renewable Energy
  • GE Healthcare
  • Peace Corps
  • MIdwest Laboratories
  • U.S. Meat Animal Research Center

Success in Biochemistry

Karli Cabrera ’18, Anthony Cloyd ’18 and Jordan Johnson ’18 combined their musical talents to form a small ensemble at Hastings College. Each Sunday of their senior year, they created, recorded and posted a mashup of songs to social media. Their “... more
When Tanner Henning was tasked with creating a compound capable of detecting the presence of heavy metals in water for his summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU), he went above and beyond. In fact, the senior chemistry major created a... more
Senior biochemistry major Maddy Smith spent the 2017 January Term learning what it takes to be a physician’s assistant (PA) by spending every day job shadowing at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Smith, who is from Littleton,... more
What happens when you take math and chemistry degrees from Hastings College and combine them with advanced studies in chemical and biomolecular engineering? If you’re Dr. Jeff Erickson ’97, you help the U.S. Navy design and build scientific... more
With a small group of other students during a summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates), Julia Thibault worked with a protein called phosphoglucomutase 1 (pgm1), which is involved in the human metabolism and disease. “If the protein is... more