Major to Career: Biochemistry

Biochemistry is the study of the molecules that are the building blocks of living organisms: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and the nucleic acids DNA and RNA. Our knowledge of the structures and reactions of these molecules enables us to understand how cells are able to perform their specialized functions, harvest energy from their environment, respond to changes in their surroundings, and self-replicate.

Students who are interested in performing research in medicine, agriculture, forensics, nutrition, or drug discovery should consider pursuing a degree in biochemistry. Students of biochemistry also become well prepared for advanced studies in graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.), medical, or dental schools.

Students of biochemistry enjoy studying the molecular-level understanding of biological processes that provides insights into a variety of diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer's. The courses taken in this program provide a rewarding, intellectual challenge that prepares the students for the rigors of advanced work in the field.

Biochemists work in laboratory settings associated with academic, industrial, pharmaceutical, or government institutions. The scope of research in the field of biochemistry is remarkably diverse. Biochemists conduct experiments that contribute to our understanding of drug therapies, diseases, agricultural production, or nutritional practices along with basic research that characterizes the physical and chemical properties of biological molecules.


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