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.
BS: Logan (Main Campus)
Career And Outcomes
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
- 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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