The best reason to study biochemistry is to study ourselves and our chemical relationship with the environment. Beyond this intrinsic interest, biochemistry is a foundation for many careers. It provides an excellent preparation for graduate work in biochemistry, microbiology, immunology and other biomedical sciences:
- Biomedical engineering: the designing of materials and instruments for therapy and diagnosis – has roots in biochemistry.
- Recombinant DNA research and monoclonal antibody production provide new diagnostic tools and therapies, as well as new ways to fight pests, improve agriculture and clean the environment.
- Pharmaceutical companies need biochemists to design and evaluate new drugs.
- The biochemistry major is an excellent preparation for professional training in medicine, dentistry, clinical nutrition, public health and veterinary medicine.
- The biochemistry major, with its broad foundation in biology, chemistry, physics and math, is an ideal program for future science teachers.
More information on biochemistry careers is available at the websites of the American Chemical Society and American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.