Studying biochemistry allows you to explore the molecular components of the cell and the chemical changes characteristic of living organisms.

As a biochemistry major, you will receive a thorough foundation in both biology and chemistry – knowledge that can be harnessed in innovative ways. At Oxy, training in classic organic chemistry is being applied to the synthesis of biologically relevant molecules, and tools from molecular biology, synthetic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry are being used to explore better ways to develop new medicines.

Research is at the core of our curriculum. As a biochemistry major, you will carry out original lab work in collaboration with your professors, designing, executing and interpreting your research. You will have the opportunity to participate in Oxy’s popular Summer Research Program. You also could be one of the Oxy students who have been co-authors on papers published in peer-reviewed journals and have won top national awards, including Beckman and Goldwater scholarships and Fulbright fellowships.

Oxy biochemists seek to use their scientific knowledge and broad education in the liberal arts to advance the public good and improve health care, economic opportunities, environmental stewardship, and national security, in addition to expanding human understanding through their teaching and research. Oxy is one of the country’s top producers of students who go on to receive Ph.Ds in the sciences; you will be prepared to pursue a doctorate in biochemistry or the health professions, a medical degree, employment in the biotechnology field, or a career in education.