Biochemistry - BS

College of Science

About This Degree

Biochemistry is the basic science that addresses the molecular basis of life and seeks to explain the chemical properties and changes that occur in living organisms.

What You Will Learn

The core courses for the major are in the areas of general, organic, and biological chemistry, general biology, calculus, general physics, and laboratory courses.

Students may choose from two physics tracks:

  • Life Sciences: This is typically preferred by students with a more biological inclination.
  • Science-Engineering: This is preferred by students with a more mathematical/physical inclination.

At USU, chemistry majors have the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research from the beginning of their studies, first as laboratory assistants and eventually moving on to their own research projects. Unique to USU, many undergraduates in the department are able to publish research papers. This gives USU students a competative advantage should they apply for graduate programs.

The College of Science has top-notch faculty, with three Carnegie Professors, recognized for their outstanding commitment to teaching undergraduate students. Awardees are selected from universities throughout the nation.


At a Glance

College: College of Science

Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

USU Locations:

  • Logan campus

Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Because of the excellent research experience undergraduates in biochemistry gain at USU, they are well-prepared for graduate school, as well as the following careers:

  • Work in research and development
  • Chemical industry
  • Biotechnology
  • Quality control
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Medical laboratory technology
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Quality control technician
  • Associate chemist
  • Technical sales representative
  • Analytical chemist
  • Clinical technician

Furthermore, a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry provides a solid scientific foundation for further postgraduate study in a variety of subjects, including chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, medicine, and patent law.


The Career and Design Center provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

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We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University's admissions requirements, the biochemistry program has additional requirements:

  • First-Year students:First-Year students admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions need a 2.2 GPA for admission to this major. Students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.0 GPA for admission to this major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

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