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Degree Overview: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Biochemistry

Majors Overview April 20, 2014

Schools usually offer Biochemistry bachelor’s degree programs in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree format. Coursework is devised to give a broad education to students, in physics, math, chemistry and biology. Students can apply the principles underscoring these subjects to the study of organisms, cell tissues, molecules and organelles. Various biochemistry techniques are taught, including drug testing, protein extraction and cell culture. The program is aimed at preparing students for continued education through a graduate degree, though a bachelor’s degree will suffice those who seek entry-level jobs. A background in biochemistry can help seek occupation in different fields such as agriculture and medicine, among other areas of science.

Admission criteria typically require incoming students to hold a GED certificate or high school diploma.


Coursework is devised to teach students about investigating the characteristics and intricate biological processes of every type of living organism. Participation in summer jobs or internships to obtain work experience is required of students, as well as performing lab work.

Coursework may include topic areas such as:

•Enzyme kinetics and mechanisms
•Macromolecular structure
•Free radicals
•Experimental biochemistry
•Physical chemistry
•Gene expression

Career Choices

While most graduates pursue continued education through enrollment in advanced programs, some may prefer to enter the workforce through entry-level careers in research facilities, pharmaceutical companies and hospitals, among others. They may choose from possible job titles such as:

•Biotechnology business process analyst
•Technical sales representative
•Assistant hospital scientist
•Pharmaceutical research assistant
•Biochemist research assistant

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