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).
The entry-level requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) Biochemistry degrees are completion of two semesters of calculus, two semesters of biology (BIO 311C and BIO311D), and two semesters of chemistry (CH 301 and CH 302) with grades of C- or higher. Learn the difference between the BA vs BS degree. Students who have met these requirements may schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Advising Office.
Current UT students who have not yet completed the entry-level requirements should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in WCH 1.106. Contact the appropriate College of Natural Sciences Advising Center to schedule an appointment and change to the biochemistry major.
Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.
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.
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science
- Option I: Biochemistry
- Option II: Computation
- 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