Biochemistry

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Biochemistry incorporates topics that include protein structure and function, molecular genetics, and medical, plant and insect biochemistry. The biochemical approach has led to the emerging life science revolution that promises to establish the next few decades as the era of biology. Biochemistry, as a discipline, is central to the mission of the University of Arizona.

Curriculum
The course of study includes topics such as protein biochemistry, metabolic biochemistry, molecular biology, biochemical laboratory techniques, and biophysical chemistry. Electives include cell biology, genetics, neurobiology, developmental biology, recombinant DNA techniques, applied molecular genetics, bioinformatics, genomics, physiological systems, science education outreach, contemporary issues in biology, teaching practicum, and independent research. Foundation courses include introductory biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics through vector calculus. All students in the B.S. program complete a senior research thesis and are strongly encouraged to pursue independent research projects in faculty laboratories through special fellowship programs and independent study credit even prior to their senior year.

Career Options
Graduates can immediately pursue positions as research technicians in academic, government, or industrial laboratories, become technical sales representatives, or work as government inspectors and safety officers. Graduates can receive additional training to become genetic counselors, pharmacists, high school teachers, criminal lab analysts, technology transfer assistants, and science writers. Well over half of the graduates from Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics pursue advanced degrees in medical school, graduate school, law school, business school, or public health programs.

Related Web Site
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry