Biochemistry (BA, BS)

Biochemistry (BA, BS)


Biochemistry studies how molecular structure determines biological function, how molecules recognize each other and how the dynamic chemical changes that occur inside cells are orchestrated. Biochemists look at how living organisms function at the molecular level, studying such subjects as the structure of enzymes, protein folding, the transfer of genetic information or photosynthesis. 

Why choose biochemistry?

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers excellent training in the chemical basis of life and insight into the chemistry of living systems. The study of biochemistry provides a solid background for further study or employment in many basic science fields. The program also offers numerous opportunities for students to conduct research with world-class faculty.

Students can pursue either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry. The BS is the track of choice for the professional biochemist. The BA is a liberal arts degree, often chosen by students who want a background in biochemistry as a basis for future work in other areas of science or in professional programs in medicine, secondary education, pharmacy or law.

What can you do with this degree?

Examples of jobs available to biochemistry majors upon graduation include biochemist, medical or pharmaceutical lab technician, food scientist or industrial sales representative. A large portion of the students who complete the biochemistry major go to professional school to pursue advanced degrees in fields such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry or veterinary medicine.