Biochemistry students gain hands-on experience using modern instrumentation in the Science and Learning Center

Biochemistry Major


The biochemistry major is an excellent option for those students who wish to have a strong foundation in an interdisciplinary science.

Study the powerful forces that come together with the strengths of biology and chemistry.

The biochemistry major builds an interdisciplinary knowledge in the sciences, creating a career path of unlimited opportunities. A strong background in chemistry and biology, along with mathematics and physics, creates a well-rounded education in the sciences.

Broad knowledge of the natural sciences can lead you to careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. A well-prepared biochemist is also more informed about the bioethical issues challenging the scientific community.


Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

Program Studies

A biochemistry major involves rigorous course studies in chemistry, calculus, physics, biology, and molecular biology. Biochemistry also provides the opportunity to explore courses in genetics, cell biology, physical chemistry, or instrumental analysis.

Potential Careers

  • Agricultural and food scientist
  • Middle or high school teacher**
  • Environmental scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Materials scientist
  • Clinical laboratory technologist
  • Chemical engineer*
  • Biomedical engineer*
  • Scientific writer
  • Pharmacist*
  • Medicinal chemist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Brewing scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Chemical sales representative
  • Patent attorney*
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Physician*
  • Industrial chemist

* Requires advanced degree
** Requires a double major in Secondary Education

Enhance Your Experience

Students who major in biochemistry will often pursue a minor in scientific computing, math, or physics.

High School Preparation

Advanced Algebra; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Physics