About This Degree

B.S. in Biochemistry, an interdisciplinary program, will enable and prepare students to pursue careers in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, healthcare, and food and cosmetics, and/or continue their education and research in life sciences and medicine. Students in the Biochemistry program will learn theoretical fundamentals and hands-on laboratory skills and will be exposed to the in-depth study of complex chemical changes that occur at the molecular and cellular levels, which is essential to the understanding of life processes. The major focus will be the chemical basis and molecular logic of life, including energy in biological systems, macromolecular structures and functions, information storage and flow, evolution, and homeostasis. In addition, students in the program will engage in professional and ethical conduct and meaningful research so they can achieve academic excellence.

Candidates must apply for and be accepted into the University. Those intending to major in the College of Arts and Sciences and specifically in the Biochemistry program will need to successfully complete with a C or better in MATH 192 and 193 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and II, PHYS 130 and 131 College Physics I and II, CHEM 105 and 106 General Chemistry I & II, and BIOL 130 and 131 Principles of Biology I and II. Candidates must have and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 out of 4 to enter and remain in the B.S. Biochemistry program. It is strongly recommended that students begin taking science and math courses as early as possible in their academic program.