Biochemistry, BA

College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description:

Biochemistry is an undergraduate major in the College of Arts & Sciences. The Bachelors
degree in Biochemistry meets or exceeds all of the curricular recommendations suggested
by both the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology. In addition, the program is consistent with current national
recommendations for education practices in the 21st century.
Curricular Overview
Although the major in Biochemistry is offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, the
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is organizationally and physically part of
the School of Medicine just north of the main campus. Some courses are given on the main
campus, while more advanced courses and senior research are conducted in two modern,
excellently equipped building in the Medical School complex.

Career Opportunities:

The best reason for studying Biochemistry is that it is the study of 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. Much of the work of the director of a clinical laboratory is biochemical. Recombinant DNA research and monoclonal antibody production provide new diagnostic tools, new therapies, 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. Finally the Biochemistry major, with its broad foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, and math, is an ideal program for future science teachers. (UNM Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Brochure) 

Contact Information:

Marcy Osgood: Undergraduate Program Director
(505) 272-8184