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Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary field where scientists apply fundamental knowledge in chemistry to understand biological processes.

Biochemists study the molecular interactions that guide many processes involved in living organisms. This involves exploring the underlying chemical and physical properties of these organisms, from metabolism and enzyme kinetics to gene transfection and cellular signaling. A variety of career options await biochemistry majors after graduation. Most recent graduates have moved on to: positions in the biotech industry, graduate school to further their education, or medical school.

By virtue of its interdisciplinary nature, the undergraduate biochemistry program is a collaborative endeavor for three departments: Biochemistry, Chemistry, plus Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Students can pursue the major as a member of two different colleges: College of Arts and Sciences and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Foundational Coursework

Your biochemical training will start in both the classroom and laboratory. Biochemistry majors begin with fundamental coursework in: biologychemistrymathematics,  and physics. The core of the major is three biochemistry courses that cover the most significant concepts and laboratory techniques in the field: BIOC 3005, BIOC 3006, and BIOC 3007. Finally, a student can personalize their education by selecting from a wide variety of laboratory and lecture electives offered throughout the university.

Research Opportunities

Many biochemistry majors get heavily involved in research at UVM. Students can work with any faculty member in the Biochemistry, Chemistry , or Microbiology & Molecular Genetics departments. They also work with researchers throughout the university engaged in biochemical research.

Find out more about undergraduate research opportunities in biochemistry.

Career Opportunities

In recent years, most biochemistry majors have pursued one of three paths following graduation. Students who wish to immediately enter the workforce have successfully secured jobs in the biotech sector. Students who wish to further their knowledge of biochemistry before pursuing a position in industry or academia have moved on to graduate school. Finally, a number of students pursue professional training in the health sciences via medical or dental school