The interface between chemistry and biology has been a rapidly growing area since the 1960s as research efforts in new fields of genetic engineering, structural biology, molecular modeling, and biotechnology have intensified. This trend is reflected both in an increased demand for graduate students in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as biotechnology and related fields. To satisfy these demands, biochemistry majors and/or departments have been created at numerous colleges and universities, and have proven quite successful at attracting students and placing their graduates.
Biochemistry is a rigorous interdisciplinary laboratory science. The study of living systems at the molecular level integrates biological and chemical concepts as well as specific knowledge and skills from allied fields such as physics, mathematics and computer science. Biochemists are scientists trained to communicate across disciplines and to apply these skills in a wide variety of settings.
Biochemistry provides skill sets required by industry. The skills and knowledge acquired by biochemistry students are highly sought after by the biomedical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The Twin Cities area is a major center for these industries, many of which offer undergraduate summer internship opportunities.
Biochemistry provides skill sets required by graduate schools. A biochemistry degree is excellent preparation for entry into graduate programs in biochemistry, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, molecular genetics, neurology, bio-informatics, ecology and other specialized fields.
Biochemistry provides skill sets required by health professional schools. The biochemistry degree program provides excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing a career in the health profession.