Prepare yourself to enter the health field with a Biochemistry major

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at St. Edward’s University is a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare you for entry into either medical, dental or graduate school, as well as for careers in fields as diverse as biomedicine, drug discovery and development, or food science.

Over the course of your studies as a Biochemistry major, you will …

  • Focus on cellular processes at the molecular level
  • Study components like proteins, lipids, and organelles
  • Study how cells communicate with each other or integrate together to promote growth or fight illness
  • Explore the chemical processes within and related to living organisms
  • Learn about experimental disciplines that use chemical knowledge and techniques to understand and solve biological problems

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements: The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry requires 71 hours of major courses, which include a combination of chemistry, biology, math, and physics courses. 

General Education Requirements: In addition to the major program requirements, all students must satisfy the general education requirements and complete electives to have a total of at least 120 hours for graduation.

View and download the full degree plan for Biochemistry.

A few examples of courses students in this major take:             

  • Organic Chemistry – Experiment with the use of organometallic reagents inorganic synthesis, multistep synthesis techniques, a peptide synthesis, chromatographic separation techniques, and
    spectroscopic identification of organic compounds.
  • Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy – A detailed mathematical treatment of quantum theory, atomic and molecular structure, and the theoretical basis for modern spectroscopy
  • Microbiology – Study microorganisms with an emphasis on their structure, function, and role in sickness, health and research.

Our Faculty and Student Support Services

"My overall teaching philosophy is to convey to my students the sense of excitement and wonder that I feel in dealing with my discipline, and for them to leave with an ability to reason and critically evaluate the information and concepts presented to them."

Eamonn F. Healy, Professor of Chemistry

Student Support Services

Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage these resources that help them thrive and excel:

  • Academic counseling and advising
  • Supplemental instruction and tutoring
  • Career preparation and advising 
  • Writing Center consultation
  • Health and wellness counseling
  • Student disability support



Learn more about these services

Outside the Classroom

Students majoring in Biochemistry can explore career paths and practical application of their studies through internships and interactions with the greater Austin community.

Student and Regional Organizations

Students routinely...

  • Volunteer through our active American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Affiliate Chapter
  • Present at national and regional meetings of the American Chemical Society
  • Participate in a collaborative faculty/student research experience

Alumni Outcomes

Some students select this degree to prepare for graduate studies in chemistry or biochemistry. Others find it the ideal preparation for admission to medical school or one of the ancillary health profession programs.  Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, labs, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

Our graduates have attended the following professional schools:

  • School of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut
  • College of Medicine, Texas A&M University
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • Pharmacology PhD program, University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio
  • School of Pharmacy, Texas Tech University
  • University of Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dental School, University of Las Vegas Nevada
  • ESTEEM MS Graduate Program, University of Notre Dame
  • University of Texas McGovern Medical School
  • Rosenberg School of Optometry, University of Incarnate Word

The scope and reach of the discipline of Biochemistry has dramatically expanded over the last three decades, and today the life science community is one of the most important assets in the fight against illness and infection, as well as in the search for life-saving technologies and treatments. Advanced degrees are required for greater research opportunities.

Read about our successful alumni. See what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.