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Program Overview

Program Overview

You're passionate about improving life for all, so join those who are doing that.  You'll have a surplus of opportunities to serve, work and lead within our biochemistry program. Our graduates are in demand in every facet of chemistry and biochemistry. And that includes the medical, industrial, governmental, educational and nonprofit sectors. By the way, more than 50 percent of our biochemistry graduates have earned doctorate degrees. So get started with us — choose the degree path that is right for you. Our experienced faculty will cultivate you. The success of our graduates proves that.

There's no capstone required for our biochemistry majors. But most of our students take part in undergraduate research at Lipscomb, at major research universities — or both. It's common for graduates of both of our biochemistry degrees to get into recognized research universities and medical schools across the U.S. Whatever your goals are, we'll help you get there.



Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Nashville, TN

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville, Tennessee an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • Kent Clinger headshot

    Kent Clinger


    A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Kent Clinger received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Oklahoma Christian College in 1976. He studied in the Master of Science program...

    Meet Kent Clinger
  • Brian Cavitt headshot

    Brian Cavitt


    T. Brian Cavitt is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Lipscomb University. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry and Missions from Abilene Christian...

    Meet Brian Cavitt
  • Stephen Opoku-Duah headshot

    Steve Opoku-duah

    Langford Professor of Chemistry and Chair

    Dr. Steve Opoku-Duah was born in Ghana and completed a bachelor's degree in engineering science at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in his native country. He obtained...

    Meet Steve Opoku-duah
  • John Smith

    John Smith


    Smith grew up in New Jersey where he attended Drew University, earning his B.A. in Chemistry with a Writing minor. He then worked in publishing before heading to graduate school...

    Meet John Smith
  • Linda Phipps

    Linda Phipps

    Adjunct Faculty

    Phipps has over 35 years of experience in environmental science and chemistry. She served as the Pretreatment Coordinator for Dallas, TX, where she administered the pretreatment permitting and enforcement program...

    Meet Linda Phipps
  • Matt Vergne headshot

    Matt Vergne

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Matt Vergne joined the Lipscomb College of Pharmacy in 2013. Dr. Vergne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Harding University, and he earned a Ph.D. in...

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Career Paths

Biochemists and Biophysicists

Biochemists and Biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes, such as cell development, growth, heredity, and disease.

Medical Scientists

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.


Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.