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Biochemistry Major

When biology and chemistry come together, powerful things happen.

When you come to Saint Mary’s, powerful things happen.

Biochemistry is the powerful force created when biology and chemistry merge. So powerful that it’s led to improved medicines, innovative methods of controlling diabetes, and new ways of looking at how chemical factors affect our overall health.

Accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), Saint Mary’s biochemistry program provides a strong background in biology and chemistry, creating a career path with unlimited opportunities — biomedical engineering, forensics, pharmaceutical research, and toxicology.

As a graduate, you’ll be ready to face bioethical issues challenging the scientific community — and be empowered to do so with integrity and ethical responsibility.
The accreditation of our biochemistry major by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) speaks to the high-quality, relevant, and innovative education that our students receive. Additionally, our ASBMB Student Chapter supports travel funds for students to present their research at the ASBMB Annual Meeting.

Studying biochemistry involves rigorous course studies in chemistry, calculus, physics, biology, and molecular biology. Biochemistry opens doors to explore courses in genetics, cell biology, physical chemistry, or instrumental analysis.

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Program Highlights

Immerse yourself in the study of chemistry and biology, two natural sciences crucial for studying new medicines, innovative ways of looking at human health, and improved methods of controlling diseases. Accredited by ASBMB, the biochemistry major offers hands-on learning in a modern and cutting-edge facility where science and technology merge.

What You'll Learn

What You’ll Learn

  • Principles of various fields of chemistry and biology
  • Modern instrumentation theory and practice
  • Presentation of results, conclusions, and relevance of scientific experiments
  • Communicate biochemical concepts and understanding of scientific principles
  • Effectively work with diverse colleagues in team situations
  • Ethical leadership and collaborative skills


Tuition & Fees


We’re the best value in Minnesota for a reason: Our generous scholarships. You can receive up to $112,000 in scholarships to help support you through your college journey.

Course Catalog

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Careers that look to the future.

Biochemistry graduates are prepared for entry-level careers in the chemical sciences, including careers as a forensic scientist, toxicologist, environmental scientist, and medicinal chemist. A forensic scientist’s median annual salary is $60,590 and jobs are accepted to grow 16% between 2020 to 2030.1

Chemist or material scientist


Forensic science technician


Environmental scientist


Biological Technician


Food scientist


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Published on: 2023-03-21
Published on: 2023-02-17