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Biochemistry Major

Experience the transformative power of biochemistry.

Biochemistry, the harmonious fusion of chemistry and biology, wields a profound impact that enhances our world. This dynamic synergy has yielded not only improved medicines but also innovative pathways for refining everyday products and processes. At Saint Mary’s University in Winona, our biochemistry program acts as a conduit for this impactful force, guiding you towards a world of boundless possibilities.

Immerse yourself in a program that offers a robust foundation in both biology and chemistry, paving the way for an array of career opportunities. From biomedical engineering and forensics to pharmaceutical research and toxicology, the potential paths are limitless.

Accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), our biochemistry program is among a select group of only 101 programs nationwide. This recognition is a testament to our commitment to excellence and innovation, ensuring that your education aligns with the highest standards of the field.

Your journey will encompass rigorous coursework in calculus, physics, and molecular biology, equipping you with a solid academic base. Moreover, you’ll delve into the ethical complexities of biochemistry, gaining the tools to address bioethical challenges with integrity and responsibility.

Our dedicated faculty are passionate about nurturing your educational growth. They’ll guide you through a blend of research, hands-on lab experiences, and fundamental scientific principles. This comprehensive approach prepares you not just for a degree, but for a life dedicated to scientific inquiry.

As part of our community rooted in the Lasallian Catholic heritage, you’ll explore science with open-mindedness, curiosity, and a commitment to ethical exploration. By choosing Saint Mary’s, you’re not only embarking on an educational journey; you’re becoming a catalyst for a better world.

Unleash your potential with us. Together, we’ll delve into the transformative realm of biochemistry, where your passion meets the power to reshape the future. Apply now to embark on this inspiring path of discovery and growth.

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Program Highlights

  • Program Accreditation: 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 you will receive. Additionally, our ASBMB Student Chapter supports travel funds for students to present their research at the ASBMB Annual Meeting.
  • Cutting-Edge Facilities: Access advanced instrumentation right from entry-level courses. Our state-of-the-art labs and classrooms in Aquinas Hall provide you with an environment that fosters innovation and exploration.
  • This STEM program, recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Graduates are in high demand, excelling in the latest technologies and innovating solutions for real-world problems. International students may be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).
  • Personalized Mentorship: Experience one-on-one guidance and advising. Work closely with a professor on your Senior Research project, ensuring an individualized approach to your growth.
  • Real-World Research: Immerse yourself in impactful research projects at renowned institutions like the
    • Mayo Clinic Summer Lab Science Program,
    • Gundersen Medical Foundation Summer Research Fellowship,
    • and esteemed programs such as the University of Connecticut and Louisiana State University REU Programs.
  • Personalize your journey with 19 different minors. Learn more.

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


Your journey towards a brighter future starts here. Whether you’re a high school graduate starting your college search — or a transfer student eager to find the perfect fit — Saint Mary’s is committed to helping you find your place in the world.

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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 $61,930 and jobs are accepted to grow 11% between 2021 to 2031.1

Chemist or material scientist


Environmental scientist


Forensic science technician


Biological Technician


News and Information from the John C. Parmer School of Sciences


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

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