Biochemistry (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

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Add a minor in biochemistry to your major and expand your ability to think creatively about problems in fields as diverse as medicine and renewable energy. Anything is possible when you start to see life from a molecular perspective.

Program Description

The biochemistry minor program is designed to give students majoring in other disciplines a solid grounding in the basics of biochemistry to complement their major degree program. It is especially appropriate for students whose majors are in the various disciplines of life sciences, physics, engineering and geology, and for students planning careers in the fields of medicine and health.

Program Requirements

The minor in biochemistry comprises 28 credit hours of required courses, of which 12 credit hours are at the upper-division level. Six of the 12 upper-division credit hours must be from courses offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher.
Required Courses -- 28 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BS in applied biological sciences (all concentrations); BA in biochemistry; BS in biochemistry; BS in biochemistry (medicinal chemistry); BS in biological sciences (genetics, cell and developmental biology); BS in biological sciences (neurobiology, physiology and behavior); BA in chemistry; BS in chemistry; BS in chemistry (environmental chemistry); BS in forensic science; BS in health sciences (preprofessional); BS in medical studies; BS in neuroscience

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors

A minor in biochemistry can help students as they pursue careers in medicine and health, chemical and biotechnology industries, research, government laboratories, environmental and food science, teaching and many other technical areas.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Bioinformatics Scientists

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 87300

Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 8.6%
  • Median Salary*: 81650
  Bright Outlook

Biological Technicians

  • Growth: 4.7%
  • Median Salary*: 49650
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 87300

Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers

  • Growth: 5.1%
  • Median Salary*: 99550
  Bright Outlook

Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.5%
  • Median Salary*: 80720


  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 87300

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

  • Growth: 4.9%
  • Median Salary*: 57380
  Bright Outlook

Molecular and Cellular Biologists

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 87300

Biochemists and Biophysicists

  • Growth: 6.7%
  • Median Salary*: 103810
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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