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Biochemistry

Bachelor of Arts

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Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary field involving chemistry, math, the physical sciences, and biology.  Biochemists use chemistry and the physical sciences as tools to examine and explore the molecular processes of life.  The questions that biochemists address encompass many critical challenges facing humans today, particularly in areas related to the medical sciences, agriculture, and environmental science.  Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry complete a year-long senior research project in the laboratory of a faculty member, culminating in a senior research thesis.  Students earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry complete a one semester literature-based writing project under the guidance of a faculty member.  Students with a biochemistry degree are well-positioned to pursue careers in medicine, biochemical and pharmaceutical research, industrial research, public health, and law. 

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://cos.arizona.edu/content/chemistry-and-biochemistry
Math Required:

Substantial

    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Substantial
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
MATH 122A(Or 125) 1
MATH 122B 4
ENGL 101 English Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CHEM 241A Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 243A Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
MCB 181R Introductory Biology 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology Lab 1
Tier I General Education 3
Second Language 4
BIOC 296b 1
4th Semester
CHEM 241B Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 243B Organic Chemistry II Lab 2
ECOL 182R Introductory Biology II 3
ECOL 182L Introductory Biology II Lab 1
Tier I General Education 3
Second Language 4
5th Semester
BIOC 462A Biochemistry I 4
PHYS 102 Physics I 3
Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
BIOC 462B Biochemistry I 4
BIOC 466 Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids 4
PHYS 103 Physics II 3
Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
Science Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
BIOC 498 3
Science Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The intensive knowledge of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics as well as writing and communication skills gained from a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry provides a strong career foundation.  Graduates with a BA in Biochemistry might seek careers in medicine, criminal justice, outreach, or production, and may work as researchers, educators, or communications and grant specialists. This major also prepares students to pursue medical, pharmacy, or law school or graduate studies in the sciences or public health. Some of the jobs listed below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Research
  • Education
  • Communications
  • Science/medical writing
  • Grant writing
  • Patent acquisition
  • Bioinformatics
  • Forensics
  • Environmental policy
  • Outreach
  • Food production

Sample Employers

  • Schools and universities
  • Research organizations
  • Medical institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Crime laboratories
  • Food processing companies
  • Environmental monitoring stations
  • Print media
  • Agricultural production

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Biochemist $43,100 - $81,480
Biological Science Instructor, Postsecondary $40,280 - $75,740
Science/Medical Writer $20,000 - $60,000
Research Grant Coordinator $48,814 - $64,950
Bioinformatics Scientist $34,500 - $95,000
Biological Technician $24,000 - $58,000
Patent Agent $31,000 - $146,000
Forensic Science Technician $32,200 - $52,840
Environmental Chemist $35,000 - $106,000
Science Teacher (Secondary) $36,930 - $55,050
Food and Flavor Chemist $21,000 - $105,000
Communications Director $30,000 - $100,000