Biological Chemistry

What Can I Do With a Major in Biological Chemistry?

Biological chemistry encompasses the study of the form and function of the proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids found in living organisms. Traditionally, biological chemistry has been an interdisciplinary field, drawing on techniques and expertise from physics, medicine, biology, and chemistry. The required courses for the major give a student a solid foundation in basic science, while the array of elective courses allows wide latitude in pursuing an area of individual interest. The thesis provides a final integrating experience.

– Bates Biological Chemistry Department

Related Careers

Jobs related to biological chemistry are not limited to research facilities and laboratories, although these are popular options. Biochemistry majors may also find relevant work in private industry, pharmaceutical companies, health organizations, biotechnology firms, and government agencies.  In addition to these careers, students with bachelor degrees in biochemistry often go on to  pursue professional degrees relating to science, medicine, and public health.  Science teachers are in high demand, which makes teaching in private and independent schools a popular option.


  • Quality Control Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  • Food Technologist
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Biomedical Engineering

 Graduate Schools

  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MSPH
  • University of New England, MPH
  • Tufts University School of Medicine, MD/MPH
  • Tulane University, MD/MPH
  • Georgia Tech, PhD, Biochemistry
  • Cornell University Molecular Pharmacology/Chemistry, The Catholic University School of Law, PhD/JD
  • Weill Cornell Medical College, PhD Biotechnology
  • Harvard Medical School, PhD, Biology/Biological Sciences
  • The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, PhD, Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • University of Southern California, MBA/MPL (Masters in Planning)
  • Wake Forest University, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology