The undergraduate biochemistry curriculum is designed to provide a solid background in chemistry and the physical sciences, as well as in the biological sciences. Consequently, biochemistry is an especially versatile major giving undergraduates many options when they complete their B.S. degree. A biochemistry major provides a strong background for entering graduate school in a variety of fields, and the majority of biochemistry majors go on to graduate school or to professional schools such as medicine, veterinary medicine or dentistry. Biochemistry majors excel in biomedical professional schools because of their strong background in the basic sciences. In addition, a wide variety of job opportunities is open to biochemistry majors with a B.S. degree. Many find rewarding careers working in laboratories as research scientists, forensic scientists and technicians in clinical, governmental and university laboratories. Biochemists are also employed by diverse companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, food, and scientific equipment industries.
Biochemists study the natural world at a cellular level to better understand the chemical and physical processes that govern living cells. Biochemistry investigates the structures, interactions, and activities of nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates.
B.S. Biochemistry Program Details
A B.S. in Biochemistry equips students with the skillset required for success in graduate, medical, or professional school. Many of our students opt to join the workforce, securing positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical research.
- Degree: B.S. Biochemistry
- Credit Hours: 120 total credit hours
Why I chose Biochemistry
I chose to major in biochemistry because I saw how it was uniquely positioned within the sciences. There are a lot of different and difficult science majors at A&M, but biochemistry allows an integrated approach that encourages the student to understand the “why” behind the macroscopic while not being too narrow in the microscopic. I wanted to be challenged not to be satisfied with surface-level information and to push beyond what was currently known. One big lesson I’ve learned is that the more you know, the more you realize how much you do not know. As I took more advanced courses, the more questions I had, many of which could not be answered with current knowledge. I plan on attending medical school after I graduate. This program has allowed me to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will allow me to be a better doctor in the future.
-Tiffany Gunnels, Undergraduate
Undergraduate Minor Programs
A biochemistry or genetics minor is a great complement to other STEM degrees. Learn more here! Students seeking a minor must:
- Meet all minor course prerequisites.
- Obtain a grade of ‘C’ or better in all minor courses.
- Complete the appropriate minor form to have approved and signed by a BICH/GENE academic advisor.
- You must contact an advisor or schedule an advising appointment to have the form processed
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