Biochemistry

Are you interested in studying how proteins, DNA and chemicals all interact with each other inside a living organism? Would you like to be on the forefront of medical advancements and discover modern cures to combat today’s most dangerous pathogens? If this type of work and discovery awakens the inner scientist within you, then you may want to consider studying Biochemistry.

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UTSA’s Biochemistry Program

UTSA’s Biochemistry degree combines coursework from Chemistry, Biology and Physics to support learning across all the major aspects of Biochemistry. Your coursework will include molecular biophysics, cell biology, genetics and a biochemistry laboratory, to name a few. The program grants career opportunities in industry, governmental agencies, environmental studies, pre-professional programs, medical technology, and can serve as a prerequisite to graduate study in either chemistry or other related fields.

Careers in Biochemistry

Top job titles for biochemistry graduates include:

• Chemist
• Researcher
• Biological/Chemical Technician
• Quality Control Analyst
• Medical Scientist
• Biologist

Biochemistry and its related career pathways are currently in lower demand in San Antonio but higher demand than average in Austin in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Boulder, CO, Boston, MA, San Francisco, CA and Philadelphia, PA. More than 144,000 biochemistry-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Biochemistry Graduates

Biochemistry is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of biochemistry-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Scientific Research
• Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
• Higher Education
• General Hospitals
• Medical laboratories
• Government

Salaries for Biochemistry Graduates

The salary range for open biochemistry-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $36,850
median $50,572
top 10% $79,594

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Biochemistry Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an biochemistry graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Biochemistry may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy learning
• You are detail oriented
• You like solving puzzles and problems
• You are a good planner

Scholarships Offered: 

  • Joseph J. Gdovin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
    • Current Undergraduate(s), enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours/semester) Completed 30+ semester credit hours
    • Major: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology
    • GPA: cumulative 2.8+ (4.0 scale)
    • Must demonstrate financial need, as determined by the FAFSA on file with the UTSA Office of Student Financial Aid
  • San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. Scholarship – Upperdivision
    • Incoming junior, enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours/semester)
    • Major: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Microbiology & Immunology
    • Must be enrolled in the Honors College
    • GPA: semester 2.5+ (4.0 scale)
    • Must be a U.S. citizen and able to provide a valid Social Security Number
    • Must be a Texas permanent resident of Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, Wilson, Frio, Karnes, or Kerr Counties
    • Must be a graduate of a Texas public, private, or home school within the last two years

Student Life

UTSA’s Biochemistry degree combines coursework from Chemistry, Biology and Physics to support learning across all the major aspects of Biochemistry. Student’s coursework will include molecular biophysics, cell biology, genetics and a biochemistry laboratory, to name a few. The program grants career opportunities in industry, governmental agencies, environmental studies, pre-professional programs, medical technology, and can serve as a prerequisite to graduate study in either chemistry or other related fields.


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