Survey of recent graduates from the Natural Sciences Division



have earned an advanced degree or are pursuing one.


said MC prepared them “very well” or “well” for graduate studies.


said they would choose MC again for their undergraduate degree.

Why study Biochemistry at MC?

The curriculum in biochemistry affords the student sound training in the principles and techniques of modern biochemical theory and experimentation. The program integrates laboratory, theoretical, and research skills to provide the range of abilities needed by the practicing biochemist. Opportunity for research through the Oak Ridge Associated Universities and National Laboratories such as Argonne, Brookhaven, Jefferson, Los Alamos, and Oak Ridge complement the curriculum.

The Major in Biochemistry provides a comprehensive curriculum for students planning careers in which biochemical knowledge plays a central role. With careful elective choice students may pursue careers as professional biochemists and enter graduate school programs that lead to a variety of research-oriented careers, or they may enter medical school or other health-related programs.


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Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

External Relationships

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Meet a current student

Teresa Bedolla ’17
Hometown: Lenoir City, Tenn.

After one year at a large state university, Teresa transferred to MC to obtain an education that would prepare her for dental school. “My professors have given me a strong foundation in a field that has so many useful applications and through all the courses, I have gained invaluable laboratory experience. Because of the reputation Maryville College has earned, I also have been able to shadow and assist a dentist who provides services to those in need,” she said of her experiences at nearby Trinity Dental Clinic.

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduates

Dr. Brandon todd '10
Currently: in final year of residency training in internal medicine at University of Virginia

After graduating from MC, Brandon went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine where he earned his M.D. While there, he married Jessica Burse (MC Class of 2009). Jessica earned a DDS from UT. Once Brandon finishes his residency training at UVA, he and Jessica plan to move back to TN where he plans to be a primary care physician.

“I frequently use my well-balanced, liberal arts background as I coordinate the care of my medically-complex patients. My exposure to other cultures, including a J-term trip to China, helped prepare me to care for a diverse patient population. Overall, my time at MC was vital in preparing me for a life as a husband, physician, traveler, ultimate frisbee player, and lifelong learner.”

Dr. Matthew Mart '09
Currently: In final year of residency training in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky

In July, Matthew will be moving on to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to continue his training in a subspecialty fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine with an M.D. in 2014.

“My daily work in medicine requires me to integrate the science of human disease with an empathic appreciation of both the strength and frailty of the human condition. My experience at Maryville College, with its blend of superb training in the natural sciences and focus on providing a broad liberal arts education, laid the foundation for me to succeed in my chosen career. I could not have asked for a better preparation in college to pursue a career where I have the privilege to serve the suffering."

Dr. Damon DeLeon ’06
Currently: Child Psychiatry Fellow at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School

After MC, Damon continued his medical studies at the University of Tennessee, the University of Virginia (adult psychiatry residency) and now Brown University. “While I have been fortunate to receive quality training at multiple academic institutions, Maryville College remains a highlight of my education for the individualized attention, extracurricular opportunities and real-world experiences that I received there. The solid foundation my biochemistry degree provided certainly allowed for a less intimidating transition to the rigor of medical education.”

Medical/Graduate School Placements

Duke University School of Medicine
East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy
Johns Hopkins University
Ohio State University College of Medicine
University of Houston College of Optometry
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Tennessee: Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy