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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

Math Required:


    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.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 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 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
Organic Chemistry I Lecture 3
Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
MCB 181R Introductory Biology 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology Lab 1
Chem 380, MATH 223 Calculus III or MATH 254 Differential Equations 4
Second Language 4
BIOC 296b 1
4th Semester
Organic Chemistry II Lecture 3
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
BIOC 463A Biochemical Lab 4
PHYS 141 Physics I w/lab 4
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
BIOC 462B Biochemistry I 4
BIOC 466 Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids 4
PHYS 241 Physics II w/lab 4
Tier I General Education 3
7th Semester
CHEM 480A Physical Chemistry I 3
BIOC 498 (H) Senior Capstone 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
CHEM 480B Physical Chemistry II or CHEM 481 Biophysical 3
BIOC 498 (H) Senior Capstone 3
Tier II General Education 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

  • 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 laboratory experience and research methodologies gained from a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry provides a strong career foundation.  Graduates with a BS in Biochemistry might seek careers in research, medicine, criminal justice, outreach, or production. This major also prepares students to pursue medical or pharmacy school or graduate studies in the sciences or public health. Some of the jobs listed below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Laboratory research
  • Forensic science
  • Medicine
  • Food production
  • Education
  • Conservation advocacy
  • Environmental policy
  • Engineering
  • Defense
  • Agriculture

Sample Employers

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

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Biochemist $41,430 - $81,480
Biological Technician $25,280 - $39,750
Clinical Laboratory Technologist $39,580 - $57,580
Histologist $22,000 - $69,000
Food Scientist $30,000 - $97,000
Forensic Science Technician $32,900 - $51,600
Biotechnologist $30,000 - $130,000
Toxicologist $35,480 - $78,000
Crime Lab Technician $41,500 - $53,000
Forensic Serologist $28,000 - $73,000
Environmental Chemist $35,000 - $106,000
Biology or Chemistry Instructor, Postsecondary $40,280 - $75,740
Food and Flavor Chemist $21,000 - $105,000
Agricultural Scientist $34,750 - $58,610