Biochemistry

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2 out of 3

2018-19 biochem graduates who applied were accepted into medical or dental school

Use your imagination, ingenuity and understanding of the basics of living processes to unlock life’s mysteries and improve the quality of life. Combine the tools of biology, chemistry and genetics to fight human disease, increase production and quality of food, and protect the environment.

Career Opportunities

Acquire a broad knowledge of life sciences through a combination of biology, chemistry and genetic coursework while earning your biochemistry degree from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Medicine. Your biochemistry degree provides excellent preparation for the intellectual demands of the medical profession.
  • Biotechnology. Some of the nation’s largest and most respected biotechnology companies employ biochemists in a wide range of specialties.
  • Agriculture. Biochemists find employment with agricultural industry companies.
  • Government. State and federal agencies employ biochemists in many fields.

Career Possibilities Include

  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Research Development
  • Patent/Intellectual Property Consulting
  • Product Development
  • Laboratory Research
  • FBI Forensic Science

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MedSchweitzer Hallicine

Your biochemistry degree provides excellent preparation for the intellectual demands of the medical profession. This training includes, as part of the degree requirements, all of the science courses necessary for application to medical school or related professional fields. In addition to the required science classes, we encourage students to take courses in psychology, sociology and statistics to be prepared for the MCAT. Many graduates of this program successfully go on to attend medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy or optometry school.

Industry

Your biochemistry degree provides excellent preparation for working in the chemical, agrichemical, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. We strongly encourage our students to take part in undergraduate research, regardless of their career path. For those students specifically looking to work in industry, we have an industry internship class with Eurofins, a contract research organization in Columbia. Students who are chosen for the spring semester class will receive a paid internship to work at Eurofins over the summer.

Biotechnology

Some of the nation’s largest and most respected biotechnology companies employ biochemists in a wide range of specialties, including molecular biology, genetic engineering, pharmaceutical development and microbiology.

Agriculture

Biochemists find employment with agricultural industry companies. You may work on projects to develop new varieties of crops that resist drought and insects, produce pharmaceutical compounds or tolerate herbicide application.

Government

State and federal agencies employ biochemists in many fields. You might research biological alternatives for reclaiming sites contaminated with radioactive material or search for ways to protect against food-borne pathogens.

Internship & Employment

  • EAG Laboratories
  • Benson Hill Biosystems
  • Cerner
  • Corteva
  • Elemental Enzymes
  • KCAS Bioanalytical & Biomarker Services
  • Midwest Laboratories
  • ThermoFisher Scientific
  • University of Missouri
  • Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
  • Aerotek
  • Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment Disorders
  • Epic
  • Pfizer
  • Sigma-Aldrich

Core Areas of Study

  • Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems
  • General Genetics
  • Analytical Geometry and Calculus
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Macromolecular Techniques

Major requirements for Biochemistry degree

Courses for Biochemistry degree

Download sample course of study for premed students (PDF)

Download sample course of study for industry-bound students (PDF)

Hands-On Learning

As a biochemistry student, your chances to gain hands-on experience through research and internships are almost limitless.

  • Undergrad research. You can work side-by-side in the laboratory with biochemistry faculty on research in gene function and regulation, photosynthesis, cancer and recombinant DNA. Experience working with over 35 research groups is available to students at every level.
    The department shares faculty with four colleges across campus, allowing students to gain research experience in a wide variety of areas.
  • Internships. Internships that provide you with real-world work experience also are available. Work for a crop protection company, a pharmaceutical or health sciences company, or create analytical reports of chemical disasters and effects for a government agency.

Signature Experience

One of the many unique experiences available for biochemistry students is participating in an industry tour specific to the degree program. The Biochemistry Industry Tour involves visiting life sciences companies, laboratories and more!

Download the biochemistry degree program overview (PDF)

Biochemistry Honors Program

Students interested in graduating with departmental honors can sign up for the Biochemistry Honors Program. To be accepted, you must have earned 30 hours of credit and must have at least a 3.3 MU cumulative GPA. Transfer students must have completed at least 15 hours of credit through MU. You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. If your GPA falls below 3.3, you will have two semesters to raise the GPA to a 3.3. You must apply at least one semester prior to completing your degree.

All students admitted to the Honors Program are required to complete an Honors Thesis to earn the privilege of graduating with departmental honors. This requires both a written thesis and an oral presentation of the thesis; it should be planned and approved by your Honors Advisory Committee (two faculty) and undergraduate advisor chair. For more information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Advising, Dr. Shari Freyermuth (freyermuths@missouri.edu).

Related Minor

A minor in rural sociology can supplement a biochemistry degree. Gain an understanding of the processes and global context of social change, knowledge of other cultures and times, and an appreciation for the interconnectivity of social life. Explore topics such as social research, science and society, leadership in today’s world and global perspectives and realities.

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Clubs & Organizations

  • Pre-Med Club
  • CAFNR Ambassadors
  • Biochemistry Club is a student-run organization that serves as a meeting ground for students and faculty interested in the field of biochemistry and promoting scientific discussion. The club meets once a month throughout the academic year to foster a social group among those with a common interest in biochemistry, to provide resources for career development, academic support and professional development, and to further communication between Mizzou faculty and students interested in biochemistry. We encourage all students to attend Biochemistry Club meetings.