Meet Your Major

As a biochemistry major, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of how life works on a chemical level. You’ll learn theoretical and practical chemical principles through coursework in chemistry, biology, math and physics.

You will then expand your skills by exploring chemical processes in our state-of-the-art labs. Whether your passion lies in agriculture, biochemistry, biotechnology, veterinary science or medicine, you’ll build the foundation you need to succeed.

In the biochemistry program, you will:

  • Learn fundamental chemical concepts and laboratory skills.
  • Explore a variety of ways to solve biological problems on a molecular level.
  • Learn to think broadly, creatively and independently, and to communicate your scientific insight both in writing and orally.
  • Use cutting-edge tools and instruments available in top biochemistry laboratories around the world.
  • Participate in original research on a range of topics, from microwave chemistry to smart molecules.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll have the chance to conduct independent research, with guidance from a faculty mentor, and then present your work at conferences and in scientific journals. Plus, you’ll be able to discuss science outside the classroom by joining the Benzene Ring Chemistry Club, the Campus Environmental Sustainability Initiative and the Biology Club.

Internships and employment opportunities are available in local chemical and biotech industries. Many of our majors work part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the biochemistry program, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue advanced studies or a career in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science, forensic science, medicine or dentistry. Possible positions for a biochemistry major include: 

  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Clinical researcher
  • Doctor
  • Environmental scientist
  • Toxicologist

What You’ll Take


Required Courses

Chemistry

CHM 1110

General Chemistry I 

CHM 1120

General Chemistry II

CHM 2210

Organic Chemistry I

CHM 2220

Organic Chemistry II

CHM 2320

Inorganic Chemistry 

CHM 3410

Analytical Chemistry

CHM 3010

Junior Chemistry Seminar I

CHM 3020

Junior Chemistry Seminar II

CHM 3570W

Biophysical Chemistry

CHM 4010

Senior Chemistry Seminar I

CHM 4020

Senior Chemistry Seminar II 

Biology

BIO 3037

Cellular Biochemistry

BIO 1027

Principles of Biology I

BIO 2018

Genetics

BIO 3038
or
BIO 3040

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
or
Cell Biology 

Mathematics

MTH 1217

Calculus I

MTH 1218

Calculus II

Physics

PHY 2211

Physics I

PHY 2212

Physics II 

Elective Courses

Personalize your experience by completing four credit hours of chemistry or biology electives at the 4000 level or greater. Internship courses (such as CHM 4930/4940 or BIO 4095) cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

ASC Certification

If you would like to earn your ACS Certification, you must also take:

CHM 4910

Directed Research I

CHM 4920

Directed Research II