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Biochemistry Major

Major Overview

63 credits

Why biochemistry?
The Biochemistry major is an excellent option for those students who wish to have a strong foundation in an interdisciplinary science, especially with the modern scientific community becoming less compartmentalized. It provides a strong background in both chemistry and biology with additional support from both physics and mathematics. The major is an ideal choice for those students interested in graduate education in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or pharmacy; a career in medicine, medical research or allied health areas; or eventual employment in the areas of forensic science, food science, agricultural research, or the biotechnology industry. Today many new jobs are being created in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries that demand the breadth and flexibility available with a biochemistry background. A well-prepared biochemist is also more informed about the bioethical issues challenging the scientific community.

Biochemistry uniquely examines the cellular and sub-cellular levels of life through the "eyes" of molecular chemical reactions, structures, and energetics. In other words, life is examined at its most fundamental physical level.

Career Options
Agricultural researcher; biological scientists; clinical laboratory technologists; food scientists; forensic scientists; medical scientists; pharmacists; science technicians

High School Preparation
Biology; Calculus; Chemistry; Environmental Science; Physics

Sample Schedule (Paradigm) and Course Descriptions

For more information contact:

Brett Bodsgard, Ph.D.
Chair, Chemistry Department
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #14
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 6972