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Research. Analyze. Discover. A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biochemistry degree gives you the tools to drive innovation.

York College of Pennsylvania’s interdisciplinary BS in Biochemistry degree program is a gateway to a multitude of post-graduate opportunities in biomedical science, healthcare, academics, industry, and public health.

Through a student-centered approach to learning, Biochemistry majors at York College prepare to enter the field as trained chemists or pursue further education backed by internships and research experience. You’ll be ready to tackle your career prospects in one of the top regions for employers in the biochemical and biomedical industries.

Whether you plan to pursue medical or graduate school or immediately enter the workforce, discover a competitive career advantage through the experiential Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree program at York College of Pennsylvania.

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About Majoring in Biochemistry

  • Key Courses

    Biochemistry Program Requirements

    The Biochemistry degree curriculum adheres closely to the recommendations outlined by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). Biochemistry majors extend their studies with laboratory experiences, a seminar series, and research experiences on and off campus.

    Requirements for the Biochemistry major total 120 credits in core major courses, hands-on experiences, and electives supporting post-graduation goals like applying to medical or veterinary school. In Foundations general education courses, you’ll develop a global perspective informed by understandings of ethics, philosophy, critical thinking, and the humanities.

    Biochemistry Courses

    Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary major consisting of courses in foundational biology and chemistry as well as advanced instruction in molecular biology, physics, and genetics. Supported by real-world applications, Biochem major courses develop the in-demand knowledge necessary for success in professional or academic laboratory settings and beyond.

    Core courses for the BS in Biochemistry include:

    • CHM 146: Advanced Chemistry
    • BIO 142: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
    • CHM 234: Organic Chemistry I
    • CHM 330: Introduction to Chemical Research 
    • BIO 290: Biostatistics
    • CHM 324: Physical Chemistry for Biosciences
    • CHM 338: Instrumental Analytical Chemistry

    Earn a BS in Biochemistry at York College of Pennsylvania

    York College’s Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree program transforms students into action-oriented professionals ready to contribute to scientific discoveries that improve the world and the lives of others.

    Take a step closer to your future in biochemistry. Review undergraduate admissions requirements, and request more information about the BS in Biochemistry degree program.

    Apply to YCP’s Biochemistry major.

  • Career Opportunities & Benefits

    Careers Opportunities and Benefits

    Becoming a Biochemistry major helps you get closer to careers at the forefront of scientific exploration and effective change. YCP’s BS in Biochemistry prepares you for entry-level careers such as lab technician, scientist, and researcher in pivotal fields such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy, agriculture, food processing, and biotechnology. The program also offers ideal preparation for academic and medical career pathways.

    Biochemistry Career Preparation

    A bachelor’s degree in biochemistry supports students seeking careers in a variety of industries, even beyond the typical bioscientific laboratory or office settings. Possible entry-level jobs with a BS in Biochemistry include:

    • Chemist
    • Medical or Clinical Laboratory Technician
    • Clinical Data Coordinator
    • Biochemist
    • Biological Scientist
    • Federal Regulator
    • Science Journalist
    • Science Writer
    • Technical Salesperson

    Whether you work for regulatory compliance, to develop new chemical knowledge, or on a team making medical discoveries, earning a BS in Biochemistry can get you closer to your dream biomedical or bioscientific career.

    Pathway to Advanced Professions

    Graduates of the BS in Biochemistry are prepared to continue their education in graduate programs in academic, medical, or clinical research disciplines.

    The path to advanced professional roles such as senior biochemist, academic researcher, or doctor can begin with a bachelor’s in biochemistry but requires students to opt for further graduate education. Biochemistry majors at YCP gain the skills to confidently apply to graduate and professional programs in fields such as:

    • General Medicine
    • Dentistry
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacy
    • Pharmacology
    • Podiatry
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • Biochemistry
    • Biophysics

    Whether you see yourself in research and development for private or public sector organizations, becoming a practicing physician, or furthering biochemical research at a respected educational institution, develop your potential with our Biochemistry major.

    Biochemistry Career Salary and Outlook

    Biochemistry majors at York College earn a competitive advantage in an in-demand field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 15% employment growth for biochemists and biophysicists, and an 11% growth for life scientists over ten years by 2031, higher than the average across all occupations. From aging populations driving biomedical and pharmaceutical research to the development of environmentally sound products and systems in energy, manufacturing, and business, skilled scientists with work experience are needed in many professions.

    Pennsylvania ranks in the top five states with the highest employment of biochemists and biophysicists, along with neighboring states New Jersey and New York, according to the BLS. This prime location means YCP Biochemistry majors can find work as an undergraduate nearby and have a strong outlook for post-graduation job placement.

    Earning potential varies for biochemistry-related careers depending on specific responsibilities, location, niche skills, professional degrees or certifications, and years of experience. The BLS reports the following average annual salaries:

  • Internships & Work Experience

    Internships and Work Experience

    Biochemistry majors at York College of Pennsylvania develop their resumes and themselves through real-world experiences where they apply their scientific understanding, empower their academic exploits, and build connections with future employers.

    Biochemistry Internship Opportunities

    Local businesses, private laboratories, government agencies, and hospital organizations benefit from York’s talented Biochemistry majors, offering them unique internship experiences through relevant laboratory work and cutting-edge applied research.

    York’s full career support services ensure no matter your niche, you can traverse beyond the limits of campus to gain work experience before you graduate. If you’re interested in scientific writing or an area outside of the laboratory, the Career Development Center offers resources to match you with meaningful internship opportunities.

    Explore the services of YCP’s Career Development Center.

    Undergraduate Research Experience

    Our chemistry and biology faculty believe their students to be imperative parts of the intellectual community on campus, often offering them opportunities to join their personal research efforts. Alongside renowned researchers and academic leaders, Biochemistry majors contribute to projects that broaden their demonstrable experience across disciplines.

    Learn all about York College’s undergraduate research programs.

    Hands-On Laboratory Skills

    Future employers will be amazed at your technical skill in handling laboratory equipment and the latest technology, thanks to dedicated time spent in professional-level laboratories on campus.

    From chemistry and biology laboratories to the Naylor Ecological Building, the Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology brings core skills to the forefront of the Biochemistry major curriculum and integrates applications with theory.

    Explore the Kinsley laboratory facilities.

  • Mentorship & Community

    Forge Career Connections

    York College’s deep community relationships with the chemical and biological industries in the mid-Atlantic region lead to meaningful networking opportunities, internships, and even post-graduation employment offers for Biochemistry majors.

    From the on-campus seminar series to undergraduate research opportunities, Biochemistry majors benefit from close collaboration with faculty and local employers and expand their biochemical experience through internships in laboratories, government agencies, and hospitals.

    Chemistry Industry Advisory Council 

    York College’s Chemistry Department has established a special council in the industry, called the Chemistry Industry Advisory Council (CIAC). This committee is closely tied to the goals and outcomes of biological and chemical sciences students at York College, from program content to networking opportunities.

    Academic and Career Support Services

    York College’s dedication to student development and success is reflected in rich programming supporting students in their academic and personal lives as well as in navigating the job market. Personal advisors and faculty mentors guide you through any obstacle or opportunity you find.

    From counseling services to community engagement initiatives, explore Student Development and Campus Life at York College.

    Peer Clubs and Organizations

    From performance-based honor societies to collaborative seminars addressing global concerns, York College facilitates a multitude of spaces for students to gather and explore their interests.

    Check out the Chemistry Society to join field trips, the Pre-Medical and Allied Health Society, or become involved in club sports, student government, or sustainability groups.

    Discover student clubs and organizations at York College.

  • High-Demand Skills

    High-Demand Skills

    The technical and theoretical skills you learn as a Biochemistry major will prepare you to enter the workforce in many diverse fields or seamlessly transition to graduate or professional studies. Through coursework and applied experience tailored to your unique career aspirations, gain specific skills you’ll use in your career as well as transferable skills to strengthen your future.

    Learn and Demonstrate Advanced Biochemical Knowledge

    Graduates of the BS in Biochemistry program can:

    • Understand the core concepts and techniques of biochemistry as an interdisciplinary subject
    • Solve problems using critical thinking and quantitative reasoning
    • Demonstrate proficiency in using the scientific process in a range of sub-disciplines
    • Commit to practices promoting safety, sustainability, and wise use of chemical materials and resources
    • Write and verbally communicate effectively
    • Apply ethical practices in lab and clinical settings
    • Collaborate with colleagues respectfully and productively

    The foundational learning outcomes of YCP’s Biochemistry major program are paired with practical experience positioning you for success in your chosen path.

    Related STEM Degrees at York College of Pennsylvania

    York College offers an entire spectrum of technical and scientific educational paths, allowing students to tailor their experience to corresponding research interests. Some of these programs have a minor program to complement a Biochemistry major.

    Best Minors for Biochemistry Majors

    These compelling minor pairings for the BS in Biochemistry program offer well-rounded preparation for self-designed career pathways.

    Review a complete list of York College of Pennsylvania’s experience-driven majors and minors.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Biochemistry a hard major?

    Biochemistry students look closely at complex biological and chemical principles, making it a sometimes-challenging college major preparing students for advanced work experience and graduate education. The rigorous curriculum requires math readiness and dedication outside of the classroom, with faculty guidance and dedicated counselors ready to assist students as they take on their new life in college.

  • What can you do with a bachelor’s in biochemistry degree?

    Earning a biochemistry degree in a bachelor’s program readies you for entry-level careers as scientists and lab technicians in fields such as agriculture and food, medicine and technology, environmental science and sustainability, pharmaceutical science, education, and business.

    You can pursue graduate education in medical fields, seek research positions in public or private organizations or educational institutions, or find a fulfilling career in marketing, sales, business, or communications in a scientific industry.

  • Is Biochemistry a good major for medical school?

    Majoring in biochemistry is considered to be ideal preparation for applying to medical school.

    Biochemistry is a topic you'll need extensive knowledge of in medical school or graduate programs in related biomedical fields such as pharmaceuticals or genetics. Earning a bachelor’s in biochemistry lays the foundation for success in advanced success in courses in these advanced graduate and professional programs.

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