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Biochemists study organisms at the molecular level in order to understand how they carry out life processes. The biochemist separates substances isolated from living cells and determines their chemical structures and properties. The Biochemistry curriculum offers a broad preparation in chemistry, biology, math and physics. Students build skills and experience in laboratory techniques specially suited for working with complex mixtures of sensitive biomolecules. Much emphasis is placed on using the tools of molecular biology to study problems related to the cell.
The Biochemistry major provides excellent preparation for a research career in any of the life sciences, as well as an excellent foundation for a career in human or animal medicine. For those students seeking employment after their baccalaureate degree, job opportunities include research technicians in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or agricultural industries, in government laboratories or in universities.