College of Arts and Sciences

BS in Biochemistry

Our Biochemistry program lets you study the chemistry of the living world and is great combination if you enjoy physical and chemical sciences.  

About the Major


The biochemistry curriculum is designed to help you pursue graduate work in chemistry or biology, and/or acquire the skills necessary for a career in healthcare and science, such as:

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical development
  • Pharmacy
  • Medical research
  • Veterinary medicine

Degree Requirements

A total of 77 credits is required, which includes courses in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Required Courses

You must complete 46 credits in chemistry and 12 credits of biology courses. Examples include:  

College Chemistry
Quantitative Analysis  
Organic Chemistry I  
Physical Chemistry I  
Introductory Biology II  
For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.


Additional Requirements

You must complete an additional 8 credits each in physics and mathematics, and 3 credits in computer science. Examples include:

Calculus-Based Physics I  
Algebra-Based Physics I  
Calculus I and Calculus II
Programming Foundations

For more information, and to see a complete list of additional degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry students will:

  • Demonstrate a firm foundation in the fundamentals and application of current chemical theories including those in analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistries.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, especially the ability to transmit complex technical information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and quantitative and analytical reasoning skills. 
  • Carry out chemical experiments properly, troubleshoot experiments, appropriately record and interpret the results, and recognize what constitutes “reasonable” data.
  • Use standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation, and classical techniques to carry out experiments.  Follow proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals.
  • Function successfully as a part of a team, exhibit good citizenship in group interactions, and be an active contributor to group projects.

The biochemistry degree gives the perfect balance between chemistry and biology classes. All of the professors are friendly and welcome any questions.

Mikaila French ‘20, Biochemistry

Abigail Myers

Biochemistry '21

Biochemistry major Abigail “Abby” Myers worked with Assistant Professor of Biology Andrew Koob on a research project to find treatments for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Abby says she chose to study biochemistry because it taught her the ability to relate chemical processes to human life, and it will help her reach her goal of becoming a scientist. She plans to earn a PhD in biomedical science and says Koob played a huge role in her decision to apply to graduate school. 

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Dr. Krause, Dr. Gray, Dr. Pence, and Dr. Mahan have also served as exceptional mentors and have consistently contributed to my academic development.

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