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Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of life. It combines biology and chemistry to investigate the structure, composition, and chemical reactions of substances in living systems. It includes the disciplines of molecular biology and cell biology, as well as bioinorganic, bioorganic, and biophysical chemistry.

A degree in biochemistry is designed to prepare students for professional careers as biochemists, either upon graduation or after graduate study in biochemistry or a related field. A degree in biochemistry may also serve as the basis for a wide range of career choices in food science, toxicology, pharmacology, physiology, microbiology, and clinical chemistry, as well as the health professions (including medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine).

Declare This Major

The entry-level requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA), and Bachelor of Science (BS) Biochemistry degrees are completion of two semesters of calculus, two semesters of biology (BIO 311C and BIO311D), genetics (BIO 325), and two semesters of chemistry (CH 301 and CH 302) with grades of C- or higher. Learn the difference between the BA vs BSA vs BS degrees.

Internal transfer students must apply to the College of Natural Sciences prior to completing 60 hours or four long semesters at UT. Applications are due to the College of Natural Sciences in the spring. Learn more about the college's internal transfer requirements.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

For information on required courses, students can view biochemistry degree plans by specific major. For additional information, view biochemistry course websites and biochemistry course descriptions.


The biochemistry curriculum provides broad and comprehensive training in modern chemistry, including course work in major sub-disciplines: organic, physical, biological and analytical.

Degree Options:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science and Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
    • Option I: Biochemistry
    • Option III: Biochemistry Honors (must first be admitted to Dean's Scholars)


Students generally have a strong mathematical background. They enjoy studying biology and chemistry. Students tend to be observant and curious about the world around them, especially within the realm of science. Take a look at UT's biochemistry-related student organizations.


  • Analyzing and evaluating data
  • Ability to develop ideas and problem solve
  • Calculating, computing, and applying formulas
  • Coordinating work with others
  • Gathering information and conducting research
  • Laboratory experimentation
  • Writing and preparing reports