Biochemistry

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Biochemistry bridges the disciplines of biology and chemistry and explores the underlying biological processes that take place in all living things. Students will gain valuable skills in research, experimentation, and laboratory analysis, as well as excellent communication and presentation skills.

Founded in 1964, the Department of Chemistry of the University of Illinois at Chicago is an internationally recognized center of excellence both in research and teaching. Our department offers undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and the Teaching of Chemistry, as well as a Bachelor of Arts option in Chemistry. All of the B.S. degrees are certified by the American Chemical Society. Our highly active graduate program, which is one of the largest in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, encompasses a broad range of research areas, including the traditional sub-disciplines (Analytical, Bio, Education, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry) as well as several new interdisciplinary areas, including chemical biology, nanotechnology, and neurochemistry.

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree program is certified by the American Chemical Society and endorsed by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This degree program is designed to prepare students for a professional career in biochemistry. The B.S. degree in Biochemistry provides the best program for further graduate study in biochemistry and professional schools of dentistry and medicine.

See how other students found their fit below with this major!

 

Alumni Highlights

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Below is a sample of how UIC alumni have applied their Biochemistry major to a professional path!

  • ACT/SAT Math and Science Tutor, Roosevelt University
  • Academic Associate Program Coordinator, Cook County Stroger Hospital
  • Chemistry Teacher, College of DuPage
  • Expanded Opioid Testing Coordinator, Cook County Stroger Hospital
  • Histology Lab Assistant, Northwestern Medicine
  • Component Quality Engineer, Avon
  • Pharmacy Manager, CVS Health
  • Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow, The National Institutes of Health
  • System Medical Director, Stroke and Neuroendovascular Surgery, Presence Health
  • Scientist, Applied Research, Abbott

Unique Skills and Competencies

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In addition to the foundation set of skills and competencies you will gain in any liberal arts and science major, there are also unique skills and perspectives you gain from your Biochemistry major. Review the list below to learn more:

  • Critical thinking and analysis skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Skills in data management and interpretation
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Research and laboratory skills related to the chemical sciences
  • Technical application of various spectrophotometers and purification methods for isolating compounds
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

Industry Clusters

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There are many work place settings, industries, and career areas you can apply your major based on your professional interests. Below is a sample list of industry clusters that other Biochemistry majors have transitioned into professionally. What type of setting or career focus appeals to you?

  • Arts, Media, and Communications
  • Business, Sales, and Marketing
  • Cosmetic Industry
  • Cultural and Museum Studies
  • Education
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Food Industry
  • Government, International Affairs, and Public Service
  • Healthcare and Wellness
  • Law and Legal Services
  • Pharmaceutical Labs
  • Research and Publishing

Meet Faith Almaraz!

“Biochemistry, for me, is a perfect marriage of two of my favorite sciences.  It is a major that is challenging enough to keep me interested but not so much that I am overwhelmed. I knew it was right for me when I found myself reading ahead of my classes and asking questions that weren’t necessarily relevant to what we were learning.”

Learn more of how Faith found her fit with Biochemistry!

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