Saint Louis University

Major in Biochemistry

Offered by the Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences  

Download a fact sheet about SLU's undergraduate biochemistry degree.

Saint Louis University Biochemistry Degree Overview 

Saint Louis University offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. Which should you choose? SLU's B.A. in biochemistry gives you a strong foundation for further training in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy, while our B.S. in biochemistry prepares you for careers in biochemistry, molecular biology or biotechnology.

Biochemistry majors in both the B.A. and B.S. programs have ample opportunity to be involved in research under the mentorship of full-time faculty members and to use specialized equipment in our instructional and research labs. Select biochemistry students at SLU also have the chance to work with faculty members as laboratory assistants and receive a stipend for their work.

What You'll Learn in SLU's Biochemistry Program

No matter which biochemistry degree from SLU you choose, you'll start with a foundation of general chemistry and biochemistry, calculus and biology, as well as organic and analytical chemistry. Depending on your track, additional coursework can include study of:

  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Principles of genetics
  • Engineering physics
  • Chemical literature
  • Cell structure and function
  • Mathematical techniques in chemistry

What Can You Do With a Biochemistry Degree from SLU?

A degree in biochemistry is good preparation for a graduate degree in chemistry, biochemistry and health-related areas such as pharmacology and toxicology, as well professional schools of medicine, law, pharmacy or dentistry.

It also opens the door to a variety of career options, including jobs in:

  • Chemical research and development in industry or government laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical research
  • Drug discovery and drug development
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental research
  • Management and administration in the chemical industry
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical sales
  • Public health

Learn more about SLU's undergraduate admission requirementsscholarships and financial aid, or take our majors quiz to find other SLU undergraduate degrees that might interest you.

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