Chemistry Department

Why Major in Biochemistry

Why Major in Biochemistry?
Biochemistry is a study that combines the knowledge of biology and chemistry to explain life processes in terms of chemical reactions with living cells.

Biochemistry is fascinating and useful, and has contributed to human welfare especially through healthcare and nutrition. Biochemists with a doctoral degree are predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to have one of the fastest growing occupations and largest numbers of new jobs created between 2002 and 2012.

Plan of Study/Course Work
The plan of study requires strong preparation in the sciences and mathematics. Course work includes: mathematics, physics, genetics, biology, physiology, and chemistry.

Skills and Abilities Associated with Biochemistry

  • Analyzing and evaluating data
  • Ability to develop ideas and problem solve
  • Calculating, computing, and applying formulas
  • Coordinating work with others
  • Gathering information and conducting research
  • Laboratory experimentation
  • Writing and preparing reports

Professional Organizations Involved
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
PO Box 669
Colorado Springs, CO 80901-0669

American Chemical society
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

American Society of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
9506 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814-3996

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
1625 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814

National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry
2101 L Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20037-1526