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Major in Biochemistry
By choosing a major in biochemistry, not only will you receive a strong scientific background through coursework, but you'll also have opportunities to work alongside faculty on research projects.
As a biochemistry major at Santa Clara University, you will study chemical processes and transformations associated with living organisms. The B.S. degree will prepare you for a career in biochemistry or, with additional study, medicine, dentistry, law, business, teaching, and other fields. If you anticipate further study in biochemistry or wish to ensure that you have a stronger foundation in this specialization, you may choose to complete the extra requirements necessary for a degree certified by the American Chemical Society as meeting stringent requirements for lecture and laboratory content. The ACS-certified degree is widely recognized by graduate professional schools, governmental agencies, and the private sector. Alternatively, the Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry provides a stronger liberal arts component and is frequently selected by students completing a second major in a non-science discipline. The flexibility of this degree allows a student to emphasize biochemistry in selecting electives, and the requirements for it may be found at the departmental website.
Visit the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry website