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Want to understand the structure and function of biological molecules in the context of living systems? Check out Biochemistry.

What are recent graduates doing now?

Jamie Byrnes '12, Graduate school, University of North Carolina
Amy Howard '12,
Graduate school, University of North Carolina
Mikhail Klimstra '12,
Medical school, University of Minnesota
Ben Schneider '12,
Dental school, University of Minnesota
Salome Boroda '12,
Graduate school, University of Virginia
Daniel Sjolund '11,
Optometry school, Boston School of Optometry
Dave Thomas '11,
Veterinary school, University of Minnesota
Jenny Xiong '11,
Pharmacy school, University of Minnesota

Learning opportunities outside of the classroom:

Internships. There are a variety of internships available at various local medical and bio-technology companies, such as R&D Systems, Medtronic, 3M, Boston Scientific, EcoLab and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The biology and chemistry departments have summer research opportunities that also provide critical experience necessary for admission to top graduate and medical school programs.

Study abroad. Biochemistry students who study abroad typically do so in countries such as Italy, Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand, Panama, Denmark, Costa Rica, Trinidad and South Africa. Students may complete some courses within their major but often will fulfill core area requirements. This affords the students a global perspective to the biochemistry major as well as enhances the liberal arts aspect of their degrees.

Faculty at work

Both the biology and chemistry faculty have active research programs in which there are numerous student collaborations on research projects each year.

What careers are possible with a Biochemistry major?

  • Biochemist
  • Pharmacist
  • Patent Law
  • Public Health Policy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Veterinarian
  • Medical/Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Science Writer
  • Science Teacher
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