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Biochemistry studies the intersection of biology and chemistry, exploring life at the molecular level. Biotechnology combines chemistry and biology with mathematics and physics to provide the tools for modern biology and biomedical research. Biotechnology is also used to study and alter genetic information in animals, allowing human diseases to be studied and modeled, and in plants, with agricultural benefits.

 

Program type:

Major, BS

Format:

On-Campus

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Overview

Bachelor of Science in -

Biochemistry and Biotechnology

The BS in Biochemistry and Biotechnology allows students to develop the skills necessary to enter the biotechnology and life sciences workforce or to pursue further studies at the professional or graduate level. Students receive solid foundations in both chemistry and biology, as well as the opportunity to specialize within the rapidly growing fields of biochemistry and biotechnology.

The Biology Department ranks in the top 20 percent of the nation’s research institutions, based on scholarly productivity and federal research grant funding. Both biology and chemistry students have the opportunity to engage in hands-on research projects under the guidance of faculty.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to understand the overriding principles and themes within and between chemistry, biology and biochemistry; develop basic skills associated with performing laboratory experiments; formulate meaningful hypotheses and evaluate data critically; define and solve scientific problems; take general principles from chemistry, biochemistry and biology and apply them towards solutions for novel and emerging biotechnology problems; present data in a clear and accurate manner, clearly communicating orally and in writing; find and retrieve information within scientific literature, read and comprehend it to critically evaluate reliability, accuracy, authority and point of view or bias; follow standard scientific practices; demonstrate an understanding and respect for the accepted standards of conduct associated with the profession.

Employment of biochemistry graduates is projected to grow up to 5% through 2029, with a median annual salary of $73,146, according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale.com.



73,146

Median annual salary

5

Employment growth by 2029

Career Opportunities

  • Biological Technician
  • Chemical Technician
  • Chemist
  • Clinical Research Specialist
  • Food Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Lab Technician
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Pre-Med
  • Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs
  • Teacher

 

Plan of study

All majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

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Non-Missouri Residents:
 Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

Student organizations

From leadership, to cultural, to just plain fun, Recognized Student Organizations at UMSL make it easy to get involved. Students who join RSOs make new friends, learn new skills, and perform better in classes. Plus, with over 120 student organizations on campus, there’s something for everyone! You might like:

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.