Students working on a SURVE project
  • Program Type
    Major, Minor
  • Degrees Offered
  • School
    School of Arts & Sciences

Solve problems at the interface of biology and chemistry. Use interdisciplinary methods to approach unique and pressing problems.

What You'll Learn

You'll learn about chemical and biochemical sciences in an environment that incorporates classroom teaching, class-associated lab experiences, an introduction to scientific literature, and independent research. You'll develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills along with the technical proficiencies required of scientists working in the biochemical and molecular sciences.

Pursue Truth

Our program is infused with Catholic, Benedictine thought, which means that you'll learn through an integrated approach to faith and reason.

Prepare for Career Success

Biochemists work in a variety of fields from pharmacology and psychiatry to forensics and biotechnology. If medical or veterinarian school are in your plans, this major can also prepare you well for what to expect!

Gain Hands-on Experience

In the Summer Undergraduate Research Vocation Experience (SURVE), students conduct original research with a faculty mentor, then interpret their data and present their results.

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for biochemists and biophysicists was $103,810 in May 2022. While many biochemists and biophysicists need a graduate degree to work in independent research and development, bachelor’s degree holders qualify for some entry-level positions in biochemistry and biophysics.

Career Paths

  • Biochemist
  • Biophysicist
  • Biological Technician

Featured Faculty

James A. Peliska, PhD

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Fellow in Catholic Studies

I started my academic career as a professor at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. At Michigan, I developed my ongoing research program in HIV-1 replication, and I was involved in the initiation of their undergraduate Biochemistry program. For the last 20 years, I have been a leader in Catholic higher education as a professor, as a department chair, and in my current role as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, overseeing these programs at the University of Mary. I maintain an active student-engaged research program in HIV-1 drug discovery and work with colleagues in the development of modern and relevant courses in the sciences.

Take Your Next Step in Biochemistry