Biochemistry examines the role of chemistry in the life sciences. Students who study biochemistry as undergraduates at Saint Louis University have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree.


Major in Biochemistry

SLU’s B.A. in biochemistry will give you a strong foundation for further training in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy, while the B.S. in biochemistry will prepare you for careers in biochemistry, molecular biology or biotechnology research in an industrial or government laboratory. The bachelor of science degree is certified by the American Chemical Society. Both degrees are offered through SLU's Department of Chemistry.

No matter which biochemistry degree from SLU you choose, you'll start with a foundation in chemistry and biology. Biochemistry students take additional chemistry coursework in analytical, organic and physical chemistry. Advanced coursework includes:

  • Two semester sequence in biochemistry
  • Advanced laboratory work
  • Undergraduate research
  • CHEM 1130-1140: General Chemistry I and II
  • CHEM 2410-2420: Organic Chemistry I and II
  • CHEM 4610-4620: Biochemistry I and II
  • CHEM 2200: Analytical Chemistry I
  • BIOL 1040-1060: Principles of Biology I and II
Internships and Careers

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 as professional schools of medicine, law, pharmacy or dentistry. It also opens doors to a variety of career options, including jobs in:

  • Chemical research and development
  • Pharmaceutical research
  • Drug discovery and drug development
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental research
  • Management and administration in the chemical industry
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical sales

Faculty in the Department of Chemistry are strongly committed to undergraduate participation in their research programs. All faculty hold the highest degrees in their field.

Real-World Experience

Undergraduate Research 

The department of chemistry at Saint Louis University places great emphasis on participation in undergraduate research. Both B.S. and B.A. majors have ample opportunities to get involved in research projects under the close mentorship of a full-time faculty member.

You will have the opportunity to use a variety of specialized equipment and computers in your instructional and research laboratories. You may even be selected to work with faculty members as laboratory assistants and receive a stipend for your work.