Biochemistry Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at

Students who study biochemistry will experience the chemistry and molecular nature of living things. Biochemistry majors will learn the information and energy flow of cells and organisms, structure and function of biological molecules and how cells do their business.

The Biochemistry major is a dynamic mixture of foundational chemistry and biology courses and a unique mixture of advanced specialized biochemistry classes to give our students a chance to experiment in biochemistry and learn about the chemical properties of biological molecules and systems.  Students in the biochemistry major are well prepared for careers in biochemistry, entry into the top graduate programs across the nation and are ready for medical school and other health professions.  The biochemistry program is recognized by both the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).  Students earning a biochemistry major can have their degree certified by both the ACS and the ASBMB with the appropriate coursework.

Because biochemistry is a diverse field, students in this major are exposed to advanced biochemistry topics with additional options in chemistry, biology, biochemistry or physics.  Our new hybrid laboratory course, Molecular Biology Techniques and other courses ensure our students are ready for jobs, graduate research and careers in the medical field.