Biochemistry

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Degree
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Modes of Study
Blended;In Person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options

Admissions

SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Pursue exciting, faculty-mentored research projects and internships within the department and with local scientific firms.
  • Co-author scientific manuscripts and present your work at the annual American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting.
  • Gain hands-on experience with analytical and research instrumentation through project-based experiments in our instructional laboratories.
  • Join our Chemistry Club to partner with K-12 schools throughout the area.
  • Enjoy our close-knit Chemistry department, where students and faculty interact closely with one another.
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Strong career options

A BS in Biochemistry can lead to a wide variety of professional opportunities, including further scientific training in graduate school, medical or pharmacy school, or careers at biotech companies. Our alumni are accepted into the most demanding graduate programs and enjoy successful careers in research and a variety of industrial fields.

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Expert, dedicated faculty

Our Chemistry department is small, which fosters close interaction between students and our active and engaged faculty. They are committed to encouraging student growth, inquiry, and mastery of the skills needed to be part of global solutions.

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Program requirements

The program provides a rigorous pre-professional education for those interested in pursuing STEM careers or graduate school. The curriculum is designed to develop your understanding of the chemistry of living organisms, the molecular mechanisms of disease, and the chemistry of evolution and its meaning for human health.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

Approved Chemistry Program: ACS - Chemistry for Life, Trademark, American Chemical Society.

Accreditation

Our Chemistry department is accredited by the American Chemical Society, which aspires to improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.

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Exciting learning spaces

You’ll gain real-world experience using analytical instrumentation in our modern Biochemistry research lab. In upper-level coursework, you’ll learn to evaluate samples, interpret data, and discover how changing experimental parameters affect the output.

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Put theory into practice

Opportunities for hands-on experience abound through faculty-mentored research projects, independent study in our research labs, and internships with state-based, national, and international scientific firms such as IDEXX, Maine Health Institute of Research, Abbott, Pratt and Whitney, and Sappi, among others.

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