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Biochemistry


The Biochemistry major is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the Biology Department and the Chemistry Department. Biochemists study the chemical processes that occur in living cells as well as the structure and function of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids.

  • About the BioChem Major

    Biochemistry Program TileThe Biochemistry major at Saint Francis University gives students a solid background in the fundamental principles of chemistry and biology. Students learn cutting edge science and how to apply their knowledge to solve problems through critical thinking. Biochemistry graduates find employment opportunities in the fields of pharmacology, bioinformatics, cancer biology, biophysics, immunology, and genetics. Students will graduate ready to enter the workforce directly into research or to pursue further study in graduate or professional school.

    Program Director:   Michele Hargittai

    Degree granted: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

    Job Outlook

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job prospects for biochemists will grow by 19% between 2012 and 2022. During the same time period, job growth for other life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to be 10% (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections Program ). Biochemists hold positions in diverse fields, such as the pharmaceutical research and development, cosmetic industry, government and private medical research, food safety, agricultural research, and law firms.