Undergraduate Studies

Biochemistry Degree Program

Biochemistry Degree Program


Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary science that involves the application of methods and theories of chemistry to the study of biological phenomena. An undergraduate major in biochemistry prepares you for a variety of careers in industry, education, public service, and the health professions, or for graduate study and research in biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, and many related fields. Students have training opportunities in a wide range of research areas including protein biochemistry, membrane structure and function, molecular biology of gene regulation in animals, plants, and microorganisms, enzymatic reaction mechanisms, signal transduction, DNA repair, reproductive biology, protein-DNA interactions, plant and natural product biochemistry, and structural biology including NMR spectroscopy and x-ray crystallography.

The program offers two curricular options leading to the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. The biochemistry/biophysics option provides increased emphasis on chemistry, physics, mathematics, and physical biochemistry, and yields a minor in chemistry. The biochemistry/molecular biology option provides increased emphasis on molecular and cell biology, and yields a minor in molecular biology.

A student can declare a Biochemistry Major if they have:

  1. a GPA of at least 2.5
  2. earned a "C" or better in each of Chemistry 105&106 and Biology 106&107

Suggested Schedule of Courses

The links below will refer you to suggested course schedules for each Biochemistry degree option. A grade of C or better is required in all MBioS courses taken to meet graduation requirements. None of the courses may be taken pass/fail.

Biochem-Biophysics option 
Biochem-Molecular Biology 
(updated Nov 2021)

Student Learning Goals in Biochemistry

At the completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry a graduate will have acquired:

  1. An understanding of the major concepts in the molecular biosciences and an awareness of how these concepts are integrated from the molecular through the organismal level.
  2. The necessary critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills, and the ability to apply those skills, to identify and solve biological problems at the cellular, molecular, and structural levels.
  3. The skills necessary to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, key scientific findings in the molecular biosciences to lay and professional audiences.
  4. The scientific literacy necessary to become an informed citizen of a diverse, ever changing, global society, and to engage in a lifetime of scientific learning.
  5. The relevant ethics education and exposure necessary to encourage the highest levels of professionalism and humanism.

Student Learning Outcomes in Biochemistry

Before Graduating with a degree from SMB, a student will:


  1. Be competitive for professional and graduate studies and/or employment


  1. Identify the modern foundational knowledge underlying Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology.
  2. Recognize relevant ethical concepts related to scientific publication and research conduct.


  1. Perform basic laboratory techniques used in molecular bioscience research (e.g. light microscopy, gel electrophoresis, PCR, protein analysis).
  2. Design, perform, and quantitatively/qualitatively evaluate the results of laboratory experiments.
  3. Locate, retrieve, and evaluate scientific information, especially including primary literature, with regards to its adequacy, value, and logic.
  4. Prepare oral and written reports in standard scientific formats.


  1. Decide that studying the molecular biosciences is rewarding and relevant to everyday life experiences.
  2. Appreciate the importance of the ethical implications of scientific issues in society.

Honors Students

Honors students complete Honors Requirements in place of General Education Requirements.

For more information on Academic Program:

E-mail: smbugrad@vetmed.wsu.edu
Phone Number: 509-335-1276
Office: Biotechnology/Life Sciences 102

Washington State University