Course of Study
Students majoring in biochemistry should seek academic advisement from the Arts & Sciences advisors and Department early in their college experience. To complete degree requirements within four years, biochemistry majors should plan on taking at least two science or math courses each semester. No minor course of study is required for the biochemistry major.
Students should plan on beginning the biochemistry courses during their junior year. There are several options for completing the math, physics, general chemistry and physical chemistry portions of the curriculum.
Completing the biochemistry degree in four years requires both a strong high school science and math background and taking five courses each semester during college. Prospective students should understand that there is no typical four-year program. Students bring unique backgrounds and career goals, all of which are reflected in their course schedules.
The degree program for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of New Mexico is based on instructional practices that maximize interaction between students and faculty. The program promotes research-based and inquiry-based learning and encourages all students to take advantage of the department’s research and teaching opportunities. Each spring, a group of Honors students present their individual research reports as part of a capstone experience at the annual departmental retreat.