BS Biochemistry

Want to explore and learn about life from a molecular perspective at the atomic level? Through a range of courses in the physical, quantitative and life sciences, you will build problem-solving skills to help prepare you for a wide variety of careers.

Program Description

Students in the BS program in biochemistry take courses in a wide array of subjects, such as basic chemistry, the properties and function of biomolecules, and the mechanisms of cellular function and living organisms.

The Bachelor of Science program in biochemistry provides the necessary training for competitive applications to medical, dental, pharmacy and other health-related graduate schools, and to advanced graduate research degree programs in biochemistry.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 270 - Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I
  • Math Intensity: Substantial program math intensity substantial

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

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:

Change of Major Requirements

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

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

A BS degree in biochemistry is an excellent choice for careers in medicine and health, chemical and biotechnology industries, drug design and pharmaceuticals, new sources of energy and materials, research, government laboratories, environmental and food science, teaching and many other technical areas.

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.

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. Career examples include but are not limited to:


  • 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 Lab Technician

  • Growth: 14.0%
  • Median Salary*:
  Bright Outlook

Medical Scientist

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


  • Growth: 17.9%
  • Median Salary*: $110,300
  Bright Outlook


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

Physician Assistant (PA)

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


  • Growth: 11.5%
  • Median Salary*: $91,190
  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).

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.

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.

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