Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering prepares students for careers of discovery in biotechnology, medical research, pharmaceutical chemistry or the health professions.


Why Biochemistry?

The study of the chemistry and chemical processes occurring in living things, biochemistry is a fascinating field of study with myriad of applications. Biochemistry provides critical knowledge that forms the foundation for new developments in healthcare, nutrition and wellness, pharmaceuticals, forensic processes and much more. Biochemists’ work is vital to our understanding of the inner workings of the body, and consequently to how we live and care for them.


Biochemistry Curriculum

The B.S. in Biochemistry is a 120-hour degree program designed to give students a strong foundation in the chemical and biological sciences. Students can expect an exciting and challenging program with courses that span a broad array of studies, including organic and physical chemistry, research methods, cell biology, enzymology and molecular biochemistry among others. As part of their studies, students will have the opportunity to work with high-tech instruments and in the NMR facility.

Biochemistry and chemistry majors are also encouraged to enrich their studies by participating in research under the direction of faculty as part of their courses, independently or via the Welch Summer Research Series.

They may also pursue advanced work as part of the Cardinal Chemistry Scholars, a National Science Foundation-funded scholarship program, that offers professional development and support for research endeavors.

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B.S. in Biochemistry Four-Year Degree Plan


Pre-Medicine Curriculum

The B.S. in biochemistry pre-med concentration is a 126-credit-hour program.

  • UIW Core - 43 credit hours
  • Biochemistry Core - 58 credit hours
  • Pre-Medicine Concentration - 25 credit hours

Pre-Medicine Concentration

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biochemistry program has a Pre-Medicine (pre-med) concentration for students wanting to pursue medical school after graduating with their undergraduate degree. The courses in the pre-med program are aligned with the admissions criteria for all medical schools in Texas and a large number in other states. This concentration is designed to prepare students for the medical school admissions exam (MCAT) and equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed once in medical school.

Designed to Help You Succeed in Medical School

The pre-med concentration under the B.S. in biochemistry program will give students a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, physics and the social sciences. This specialized curriculum will ensure that students are prepared for the MCAT, provided with research opportunities and trained in communication and writing skills. In addition to academic skills, the program will help students master the core competencies necessary for success in medical school and beyond when they serve their communities as a physician.


Careers in Biochemistry

There are many careers open to students with a biochemistry degree. Students wishing to pursue medical school or advanced study in fields such as pharmacy or other health fields will be well prepared to move on to such professional programs. Students may also advance directly to the workforce as a clinical research assistant, lab technician, forensic scientist or other positions in biotechnology, product development, higher education, private labs, government, hospitals and medical centers, to name a few.