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What will I learn?

Biochemists study molecules found in living organisms, particularly proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Biochemistry majors focus their studies on the biosynthesis, metabolism, function, and regulation of these molecules of life. This information is essential to gain an understanding of many biological processes, including how diseases like cancer and diabetes develop, and to learn how genetic engineering and biotechnology can be used in ways that benefit society.

Earning a B.S. in biochemistry prepares majors for graduate study in biochemistry or other biological sciences, professional training programs in the health sciences, careers in teaching, and entry-level positions in industries, agencies, and universities.

Biochemistry is an experimental science, and majors, especially those planning to pursue graduate studies in the field, should become acquainted with laboratory research approaches beyond those in the formal lab courses. Research options are available through BIOC 4994 or BIOC 4794W. Students should consult early with their faculty mentor to begin planning the research component of their major.

Intake: Fall and Spring

Which department am I in?

College of Biological Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$34,986.00 per year

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

Start date

Expected January 2023


College of Biological Sciences

123 Snyder Hall,

1475 Gortner Avenue,



55108, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student are required to have a high school graduation A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following: 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college; 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college

For international students

Student are required to have a high school graduation

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – 79; IELTS Academic – 6.5; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – 180.

Application Deadline for Fall: For freshmen international students the deadlines are November 1 (early action 1 deadline), December 1 (early action 2 deadline) and January 1 (regular deadline)


About University of Minnesota

UMN is one of the United States’ top public research institutions, where students gain a world-class education on a historic campus in a vibrant city.

  • 150+ undergraduate and 200+ graduate programs
  • Beautiful campus with the Mississippi River on site
  • World-class academics and close personal support throughout
  • Opportunities for scholarships and financial awards

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