BA Biochemistry

Discover the secret chemical processes of living organisms at the molecular and atomic levels. Through courses in the physical sciences, life sciences and liberal arts, you build life and problem-solving skills that prepare you for a wide range of careers.


Details

The BA program in biochemistry provides students with a wide array of courses such as basic chemistry; the chemistry of biomolecules; cellular function; and liberal arts and languages.

This program is a flexible option for students interested in a liberal arts degree with a strong grounding in physical science. It is ideal for students seeking to complete two degrees. Students wishing to pursue a scientific graduate degree should consider the BS in biochemistry.

At a Glance

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 251 - Calculus for Life Sciences
  • Math Intensity: Moderate program math intensity moderate


Admission Requirements

General University Admission Requirements:

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman | Transfer | International | Readmission



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu/request for information about how to change a major to this program.



Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.



Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu



Careers

Graduates of this program are prepared for careers in a variety of fields, such as medicine and health, chemical and biotechnology industry, pharmaceuticals, environmental and food science, food production, environmental protection, scientific sales and marketing, and other forms of public service such as policymaking and teaching, patent law, and many other technical areas.

Those with a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry also are well-prepared for application to graduate schools, such as medical, dental and pharmacy.

Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Chemical Technician


  • Growth: 4.0%
  • Median Salary*: $47,280
Green Occupation

Dentist


  • Growth: 19.4%
  • Median Salary*: $151,440
  Bright Outlook

High School Teacher


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: $59,170

Medical Doctor (MD)


  • Growth: 14.6%
  • Median Salary*: $192,930
  Bright Outlook

Medical Scientist


  • Growth: 13.4%
  • Median Salary*: $82,090
  Bright Outlook

Pharmacist


  • Growth: 5.6%
  • Median Salary*: $124,170

Physician Assistant (PA)


  • Growth: 37.3%
  • Median Salary*: $104,860
  Bright Outlook

Scientist/Biochemist


  • Growth: 11.5%
  • Median Salary*: $91,190
  Bright Outlook

Technical Writer


  • Growth: 11.0%
  • Median Salary*: $70,930
  Bright Outlook

Veterinarian (Vet)


  • Growth: 18.8%
  • Median Salary*: $90,420
  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).