What Can I Do with a Major in Biochemistry?

Biochemistry deals with the composition, synthesis, and function of biomolecules.

Biochemistry majors*:

  • apply concepts and utilize formulas
  • solve quantitative problems
  • develop acute observational skills
  • develop facility with technical instruments
  • develop logical thinking skills

An enormous range of occupations is available to a person with training in biochemistry such as working in the physical sciences, the life sciences, or the health sciences. Graduates with a B.S. degree are better qualified for more technical positions in the chemical industry while graduates with an A.B. degree often get positions in life or health sciences and secondary school teaching.

Possible Biochemistry careers include**:

  • nutrition analyst
  • biomedical engineer
  • biochemist
  • histopathologist
  • molecular biologist
  • toxicologist
  • physician
  • radiation health specialist
  • enzymologist

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Biochemistry majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Biochemistry majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.