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Chemistry and Biochemistry


As a biochemistry major, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of theoretical and practical chemical principles through coursework in chemistry, biology, math and physics.

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

Meet Your Major

 In the biochemistry program, you will:

  • Explore a multitude of ways to solve biological problems on a molecular level.
  • Learn to think broadly, creatively and independently within the field, and to communicate your scientific insight both in writing and orally.
  • Discover fundamental chemical concepts and laboratory skills.
  • Utilize cutting-edge tools and instruments like x, y and z, which are being used in top biochemistry laboratories around the world.
  • Have ample opportunity to engage in original research on topics as varied as microwave chemistry and 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 can discuss science outside the classroom at clubs like Benzene Ring, Campus Environmental Sustainability Initiative and the Biology Club.

Internships and employment opportunities are available in local chemical and biotech industries, where students are often able to work part-time during the school year and full-time during summers.

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. Positions may include:

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

What You’ll Take

Required Courses

CHM 1110

General Chemistry I 

CHM 1120

General Chemistry II

CHM 2210

Organic Chemistry I

CHM 2220

Organic Chemistry II

CHM 2320

Inorganic Chemistry I

CHM 3410

Analytical Chemistry

CHM 3570

Biophysical Chemistry

CHM 4010

Chemistry Seminar I

CHM 4020

Chemistry Seminar II 


BIO 3037

Cellular Biochemistry

BIO 1027

Principles of Biology I

BIO 2018


BIO 3038
BIO 3040

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Cell Biology 


MTH 1217

Calculus I

MTH 1218

Calculus II


PHY 2211

Physics I

PHY 2212

Physics II 

Elective Courses

Personalize your experience by completing four credit hours of chemistry or biology electives.