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B.S. in Biochemistry Iowa State University




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A distinguishing feature of the Biochemistry major is the emphasis on discovering and understanding the specific molecular mechanisms of life processes. In other words, biochemists try to understand biological functions in terms of the fundamental principles of chemistry and physics. The Biochemistry major offers comprehensive training in the mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biological sciences including biochemistry, genetics, and molecular cell biology.

Biochemistry is a challenging major that requires mastering complex material in mathematics and science. There is a strong emphasis on research, including the scientific method and advanced laboratory techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology. A strength of the program is the many opportunities afforded to undergraduates to participate directly in the nationally recognized research laboratories in the Department of BBMB.

This degree is administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The elective course choices in the degree are designed to provide a broad education in the humanities and social sciences, as a complement to the intensive scientific and mathematical emphasis of the major field. The ?Biochemistry? degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences differs from the ?Agricultural Biochemistry? degree in the College of Agriculture only in the elective portions of the curricula.

Career Opportunities

The life sciences industry is developing rapidly along with advances such as the sequencing of the human genome. Biochemistry majors enter this field with the fundamental knowledge base needed to learn and grow throughout their careers. With the B.S. degree, jobs are available as technicians in the pharmaceutical, food, and agribusiness industries. This degree also positions students very well for further study at the graduate level, such as the Ph.D. degree for research careers, the M.D. or D.V.M. for careers in human- or animal medicine, or pharmacy school. The B.S. degree in Biochemistry also allows entry into related careers such as forensic science, patent law, and others.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study B.S. in Biochemistry.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

$26,140.00 (19,16,046) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

202 Catt Hall,

2224 Osborn Dr,



50011, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students must meet the requirements for admission as indicated below: 4 years of English or your native language; 3 years of science (including at least two years of laboratory science courses which emphasize elements of biology, chemistry, or physics); 3 years of math (including algebra and geometry); 2 years of social studies; SAT or ACT test scores are not required for admission, but providing them will speed up your admission decision. SAT or ACT is required for freshman scholarship consideration.

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL - Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) score of 71 with a minimum score of 17 in both the Writing and Speaking sections and Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT) score of 530

IELTS - Overall band score of 6.0 with no sub score below 5.5

PTE - Score of 48

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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