Biochemistry Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical nature and processes that occur in biological systems.

The program provides a strong foundation in the principles and practices of modern biochemistry within the framework of a liberal arts education. The major is designed to give students both the theoretical bases of the discipline and extensive hands-on experience testing theories in the laboratory. We also offer courses that fulfill the physical sciences portion of the core curriculum requirements. These courses are designed to acquaint students majoring outside the natural sciences with the basic principles and methods of modern science and with the history and development of scientific thought. The American Chemical Society (ACS), a national organization that develops and administers guidelines defining high quality undergraduate programs, has approved USD’s biochemistry curriculum. This allows majors the option of enhancing their career choices by earning an ACS-certified degree.