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Biochemistry Program

Biochemistry has an ever-growing range of applications including biotechnology, bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals, and medical sciences, biofuels and energy research, food science, toxicology, environmental and agricultural sciences, and even forensic science. The field of biochemistry, positioned at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and physics, provides opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between numerous disciplines.

Our graduates find employment in various clinical and industrial labs. Many of our students continue on to graduate programs in a variety of biochemistry-related fields. A high percentage of our pre-professional students are successfully placed in professional programs such as medical, dental and pharmaceutical schools. For more information visit this page from the American Chemical Society.


Biochemistry is the study of the chemicals associated with living organisms, including humans. It includes the study of proteins, nucleic acids (DNA & RNA), carbohydrates, various types of lipids, and bio-inorganics. It is a study of the structures, functions, interactions, metabolism, catabolism, transport, interactions, and combinations of biochemicals. Some specialized fields of biochemistry are genome mapping, enzymology, bioenergetics, neurochemistry, immunology, biopharmacy, medicinal chemistry, protein and nucleic acid cloning, forensic science, genetic engineering, nutrition, and food chemistry. All of the living world, including humans, depends on biochemistry.

Career Opportunities

The employment opportunities in biochemistry, biotechnology, and bioinformatics are expected to explode for years to come. Biochemistry and biology are the common basic components of biotechnology and bioinformatics. Biotechnology is the commercial application of the combination of biological and biochemical knowledge. Bioinformatics is the field of science in which biochemistry, biology, computer science, and information technology merge into a single discipline. Biochemistry majors are well equipped to enter medical, dental, pharmacy and other biochemistry-related professional schools. Students with biochemical-related degrees find opportunities in a wide range of occupations including business.

Preprofessional Program

Students interested in continuing their education at professional schools (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, etc.) should consult with the preprofessional faculty advisor early in their undergraduate career to prepare a proper course of study.

Biochemistry Program Faculty
University Laboratory Manager
MCK 138D
(808) 675-4632
Associate Professor
McKay 140C
(808) 675-3810