BS Biochemistry (Medicinal Chemistry)

Learn about the molecular processes of life and how medicines work at the molecular level to benefit human health. Through molecular and life sciences courses, you build problem-solving skills to help prepare you for a career in medicine, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.


Details

Students take courses in areas ranging from basic chemistry, through the properties and function of biomolecules and the mechanisms of cellular function to living organisms. With a concentration in medicinal chemistry, students learn how to apply chemical and biochemical thinking to the design and function of medicines.

Many students who intend to apply to medical school take biochemistry with a medicinal chemistry emphasis in order to make their applications more competitive, and this degree program is ideal for such students. The program provides excellent preparation for advanced graduate study in biochemistry and for careers in drug design and pharmaceuticals, medicine and health, research, food production, environmental protection and several other technical fields.

At a Glance

  • 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


Accelerated Degrees

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.



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

A solid undergraduate education in biochemistry provides the necessary background for career paths in chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and also for careers in governmental regulation, health care, research and other areas.

Students planning careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary medicine often pursue the medicinal chemistry concentration, with supporting work in biology and chemistry as the route for preprofessional training.

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.

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 Lab Technician


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

Medical Scientist


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

Optometrists


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

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).