Department of Biochemistry - Undergraduate Program

Biochemistry is a very broad science that studies the molecules and the chemistry of life. Biochemistry focuses on the structure, the properties and interactions of molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, sugars and lipids. Biochemistry’s aim is to understand how these molecules participate in the processes that support the various functions of the living cell. These studies are therefore essential for understanding disease and finding cure, for improving agriculture and the production of food and biofuels, and to produce innovation in biotechnology.

Whereas other biological science majors may focus on cellular, organismal or population level biology, biochemistry focuses on processes that occur at the molecular to cellular levels.  Therefore this major has a greater focus on basic sciences, such as math and, particularly, on chemistry.

Biochemistry graduates go on to a variety of careers in science and science-related fields. The major is designed to fit the needs of the student who wishes to achieve bachelor’s level training as well as those planning to pursue graduate or professional study. The degree serves as an excellent background for medical school or veterinary school admission, as well as for graduate study in biochemistry or other allied fields (biology, bacteriology, genetics, molecular biology or oncology).

For more information on the undergraduate major, please contact the undergraduate advisor, Kendra Gurnee, at or 608-265-9846. Students can schedule an appointment online to meet with the advisor. 

Biochemistry Building, 420 Henry Mall
Hector F. DeLuca Biochemistry Building
(Hector F. DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Building in background)
420 Henry Mall
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