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Biochemists are the locksmiths of life science. Use your imagination, ingenuity and understanding of the basics of living processes to unlock life’s mysteries and improve the quality of life. If you’re interested in combining the tools of biology, chemistry and genetics to fight human disease, increase the production and quality of food, and protect the environment, then a career in biochemistry is right for you.

Career Opportunities

Acquire a broad knowledge of life sciences through a combination of biology, chemistry and genetic coursework while earning your biochemistry degree from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Medical School
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Technical Writing
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Research Development
  • Patent/Intellectual Property Consulting
  • Product Development
  • Laboratory Research
  • FBI Forensic Science

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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. Many graduates of this program go on to attend medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy or optometry school.


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


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.


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.

Previous Internship Highlights

Food animal: ADM Alliance Nutrition, Cargill Meat Solutions

Agronomic crops: Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto, Syngenta, Sigma Aldrich, Sensient Colors

Pharmaceutical industry: Beohringer Ingelheim, Meridian Medical Technologies, Pfizer

Medicine: St. Luke’s Hospital, University of Texas Health Science Center

Chemistry/plant sciences: St. Louis Science Center, Bond Life Sciences Center, ABC Labs

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 the degree program overview (PDF)

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

  • Biochemistry Club
  • Pre-Med Club
  • CAFNR Ambassadors