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What will I learn?

The biochemistry major at the University of Massachusetts Boston is jointly administered by the departments of biology and chemistry.

The curriculum generally follows the recommendations of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). This is a rigorous and well-rounded program of study designed to accommodate the needs of a broad spectrum of students seeking a terminal or non-terminal bachelor of science degree in biochemistry.

Students completing a degree in biochemistry will:

learn the fundamentals of chemistry and biology with emphasis on organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, genetics and cell and molecular biology.
gain a deep appreciation of the theory and laboratory practices in modern biochemistry and a solid understanding of the interaction among metabolic pathways from a systems biology perspective.
learn and apply the principles of scientific ethics with regard to use of sources, generating and reporting of data, and collaboration with colleagues.
develop an understanding of environmental responsibility.
upon graduation, be prepared to practice as a professional biochemist, whether in further study or in the workforce.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Mathematics

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$35,700.00 (29,45,545) per year
Application deadline

7 April 2023, 12 July 2023

Start date

23 May 2023, 29 August 2023


College of Science and Mathematics

Wheatley Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 10 (Dean's Suite),


MA 02125, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Your future success at UMass Boston is important to us, and that begins with your high school curriculum.

For international students

Your future success at UMass Boston is important to us, and that begins with your high school curriculum.

All non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Students can demonstrate proficiency by submitting the following exams:

TOEFL (79+)
IELTS (6.0+)
SAT (Evidence Based Reading & Writing (ERWS) component of 480+)
ACT (Reading and English component scores totaling 34)
Duolingo English Test (100+)