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Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences Major

BS in Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences
College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Degree Plan

Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of life. It relies on sophisticated instruments to dissect the operation of systems that are inaccessible to the human senses. It also reveals the workings of the natural world, allowing us to understand and appreciate the unique condition that we call life. Biophysical Sciences is an interdisciplinary science that employs and develops theories and methods of the physical sciences for the investigation of biological systems. Studies included under the umbrella of biophysics span all levels of biological organization, from the molecular scale to whole organisms and ecosystems. The B.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysical Sciences provides students with a course of study in the fundamental knowledge of the chemical substances and vital processes of living organisms. Discoveries of new drugs, the recognition and control of new pathogens, development of new catalysts for energy transformations and the production of new materials, and solutions to problems such as food production and environmental remediation depend upon a thorough grounding in this area of science.


Freshman Admissions

First, freshman applicants are required to meet general university freshman admission requirements . You are also urged to earn at least two units/credits in one foreign language.

Transfer Admissions

Applicants are required to meet general university transfer admissions requirements .


A solid undergraduate education in biochemistry provides the necessary background for career paths in research, teaching, health care, chemical industries, government and other areas. Students planning careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary medicine often study biochemistry with supporting work in biology and chemistry as the route for pre-professional training. UH Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences Alumni have received offers as Lab Technicians, Research Associates, Instructors, etc. as well as have gone on to receive graduate level education and have pursued careers in Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers . For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services .

Contact Information

Department of Biology and Biochemistry
369 Science & Research; Building 2
Houston, Texas 77204-5001

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