That’s because biochemistry plays a key role in addressing and working to solve global issues such as the treatment and prevention of disease, food security and energy production.

Biochemists tackle big problems and ask hard questions. They figure out how pollutants and chemicals in the environment affect humans and wildlife, and work on growing high-yield, nutritious crops that can feed hungry populations of people. Others study ways to convert energy found in algae or waste products into biofuels.

Biochemists help to solve pressing problems and have the potential to improve life for people around the globe.


Careers in Biochemistry

You might be interested in a career in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry, or want to work as a research assistant or a testing and inspection professional. You may pursue a job as a quality control technician, secondary school teacher, scientific editor, associate chemist, analytical chemist, or a technical sales or service representative.

Or, you might choose to enter graduate school to study pharmacology, physiology, chemistry or biochemistry.

Biochemistry graduates have also pursued further study in dentistry, medical school, pharmacy school, optometry, microbiology, forensic pathology and education.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of biochemists is projected to increase by 19 percent between 2012 and 2022, a rate that is higher than the average for all occupations.


Courses required for Biochemistry majors are:

CHE 104 General Chemistry I
CHE 105 General Chemistry II
CHE 107 Laboratory Safety
CHE 110 General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 111 General Chemistry II Lab

CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 210 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry II Lab

CHE 301 Physical Chemistry I
CHE 302 Physical Chemistry II
CHE 310 Physical Chemistry I Lab
CHE 311 Physical Chemistry II Lab

CHE 401 Biochemistry
CHE 410 Biochemistry Laboratory


Related courses that also are required are:

BIO 103 Principles of Biology
BIO 115 Human Form & Function
BIO 116 Human Form & Function Lab
BIO 221 General Microbiology w/Lab
BIO 303 Genetics
BIO 304 Cell Biology — AND — BIO 311 Cell Physiology Lab –OR—BIO 409 Immunology
BIO 309 Molecular Genetics Lab

PHY 200 Physics I w/Lab
PHY 201 Physics II w/Lab
MAT 209 Probability and Statistics
MAT 131 Precalculus (recommended)
MAT 220 Math/Statistics Computer Lab
MAT 230 Calculus I
SCI 402 Seminar

Choose one from these elective courses:

BIO 205 Botany w/Lab
BIO 315 Forensic Medicine
BIO 405 Pharmacology
BIO 409 Immunology
CHE 212 Analytical Chemistry w/Lab
CHE 221 Instrumental Analysis
CHE 315 Forensic Toxicology
MAT 231 Calculus II

You also must complete either an internship in Math or Science or an individual research project under the direction of a faculty member. The internship or research project counts for 6 credits.