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Biochemistry, B.A. UG

The Biochemistry program is designed to provide students with basic knowledge of chemistry, biology, and physics and the appropriate tools to integrate these disciplines to understand the biochemical, physiological, and behavioral aspects of cells, tissues, and organisms.

What Can I Do with this Degree?

Graduates from a Biochemistry program may pursue a career in basic or clinical research, especially in the areas of pre-clinical and animal models, drug development, and technological research. Pharmaceutical companies are interested in biochemistry majors for their quality control and bioanalytical chemistry labs. Some agencies in the forensics and toxicological field seek graduates from a biochemistry program.

Careers for graduates with a degree in Biochemistry include:

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Biochemistry professor
  • Biochemical engineer
  • Biological or biomedical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Cosmetics developer
  • Federal regulator of biochemical products
  • Fermentation scientist
  • Food researcher and developer
  • Laboratory technician
  • Laboratory scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Oil and gas scientist
  • Patent lawyer
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Pharmaceutical researcher
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physician
  • Process engineer
  • Science writer
  • Science teacher
  • Veterinarian

Program Information

Degree Awarded
  • Bachelor of Arts
Program Type
  • Major
Program Location
  • Main Campus - Northeast Philadelphia

Program Overview

The Biochemistry program is grounded in the study of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, providing the theoretical bases to understand and integrate these principles into biological processes. In this context, the program includes disciplines such as Calculus, Physics, Physical Chemistry, and three courses of Biochemistry, including Molecular Genetics. In addition to these rigorous subjects, the program incorporates disciplines that highlight the practical aspects of biochemistry, such as Analytical Chemistry, Forensic Sciences, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology, among others.

The program provides the scientific foundations for students interested in pursuing a Masters/Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry, Health sciences, services in agricultural, veterinary, genetic engineering or pharmaceutical companies, agencies in the government, and education. Students pursuing a career in medicine with strong research interests as well as students considering a dual M.D./Ph.D. program may find this program aligns with their goals.

Then/Now

Brion Smith '16

Brion Smith '16

One of the best parts of Holy Family University is the intimate class sizes. The professors are able to focus on you as a student and not a number. I chose my major because when I initially applied to college I knew that I wanted to study science, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do once I graduated. Biology is a broad field with a lot of flexibility with career paths which is what I was aiming for.

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