The Biochemistry major program focuses on the scientific study of the chemistry of living systems, their fundamental chemical substances and reactions, and their chemical pathways and information transfer systems, with particular reference to carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. Includes instruction in bio-organic chemistry, protein chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, bioseparations, regulatory biochemistry, enzymology, hormonal chemistry, calorimetry, and research methods and equipment operation.
Please consult the UMW Undergraduate Catalog for specific and up-to-date major requirements.
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Focus 2: A series of reliable, intuitive, career and education decision-making assessments to help students select a major, explore occupations, make informed career decisions, and take action in their career development.
Skills developed as a Biochemistry major (via Focus2): Decision making, equipment selection, mathematics, problem solving, quality control, reading comprehension, reasoning, science, writing and authoring.
What Can I Do With This Major: Learn more about what you can do as a Biochemistry major! Some areas of career options are research, healthcare, and teaching.
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Biochemistry – Current Job Opportunities
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Biochemistry – Current Internship Opportunities
Biochemistry Graduate Data
Note: Undergraduate outcome data is collected by the UMW Career Center each year. The data is then broken down by major in order to determine how many graduates in each major are employed, attending graduate school, or pursuing a different path within 6 months of graduation.
- “knowledge rate” defines the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ post-graduation career activities
- “career outcome rate” is the number of graduates who have landed in any of the employment categories (full-time, part-time, internship) in addition to service, military, and continuing education divided by the total number of students for whom an outcome is known.
Biochemistry Alumni (2016-2020)
Total graduates: 25 Knowledge Rate: 80% Top 5 Industries:
Total graduates: 25
Knowledge Rate: 80%
Top 5 Industries:
Career Outcome Rate: 75%%
Career Outcome Rate: 75%%
Where do our alumni land?
Alumni Success Stories
UMW alumni are excited to help current students and other alumni succeed in their fields. Below are stories from alumni about their experiences at UMW and after.
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- American Academy of Forensic Science
- American Chemical Society
- American Institute of Biological Sciences: Careers
- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Biochemical Society
- Biotechnology Innovation Organization
- Biotechnology Institute
- Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
- International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- The National Academies