​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Are you interested in biological processes such as cell development, growth and heredity? Then take a seat at one of CMU’s lab benches, with a major in biochemistry. You’ll study the chemistry of living systems in pharmaceutical, diagnostic, agricultural and environmental products that are manufactured or used by biological molecules such as DNA and proteins. Biochemistry faculty at CMU prepare professionals who are able to excel in biotechnology, health professions, pharmaceutical industries and forensics, as well as in the traditional yet exciting roles of chemistry and biology.​​

Points of Pride

  • Use your skills of discovery to make life better. CMU is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution. Its faculty and students – including undergrads – work elbow-to-elbow to change lives by researching cancer vaccines and better treatment for Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
  • CMU’s $95 million Biosciences Building is the largest capital project ever in the university’s 120-plus year history. The four-story, 169,000-square-foot building, opening for classes in January 2017, will dramatically advance the university’s instructional learning and scientific research space.

Put Your Degree to Work

Biochemistry graduates have a variety of career options, including work as an agricultural chemist, biochemist, college or university professor, environmental chemist, high school teacher, materials scientist or toxicologist. Employment of biochemists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. More biochemists will be needed to develop biological products and processes that improve our lives.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Chemist$73,060 per year6% (5,400 more jobs)
Environmental scientist$63,570 per year15% (13,200 more jobs)
Postsecondary teacher$68,970 per year19% (236,400 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the chemistry website or contact:

Ajit Sharma
Dow Science Complex 346
Phone: (989) 774-3303

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Biochemistry Major

Total: 69-71 semester hours Note: A minor in Chemistry is not allowed with a Biochemistry major.
Core Courses II
(21 hours)
Quantitative Analysis
CHM 345
Organic Chemistry I
CHM 346
Organic Chemistry II
CHM 349
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 521
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
CHM 522
Intermediate Biochemistry
CHM 527
Biochemistry Laboratory
CHM 528
Bioanalytical Techniques Laboratory
Core Courses I
(5-8 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option A
(8 hours)
Core Courses III
(3-4 hours)
Select one of the following:
BIO 325
BIO 524
Molecular Biology
Option B
(5 hours)
Core Courses IV
(3-6 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option A
(3 hours)
Core Courses V
(3 hours)
Select one of the following courses:
BIO 403
Undergraduate Research
CHM 491
Undergraduate Research
Option B
(6 hours)
Required Courses I
(15 hours)
BIO 110
Concepts of Biology
BIO 208
MTH 132
Calculus I
MTH 133
Calculus II
Required Courses II
(3-4 hours)
Select one of the following courses:
BIO 324
Cell Biology
BIO 326
Required Courses III
(10 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option A
(10 hours)
(0-6 hours)
Sufficient 300 or greater CHM or BIO level courses to meet the required 69 credit hours, selected in consultation with program advisor. If both BIO 324 and BIO 326 are taken, only one may be used as an elective. For students anticipating applying to medical/dental/veterinary programs, BIO 337 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and BIO 392 Mammalian Physiology are recommended as electives.
Option B
(10 hours)

 Grads on Fire

Lisa Massaro, ’97, is the environment, health and safety product stewardship manager of Dow Chemical at Dow Building Solutions.

Gerald Meininger, ’76, is the director of the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Missouri.

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