College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is an advanced field that encompasses the biological sciences, physics, and chemistry. You’ll develop a higher level of understanding of chemistry and physics and place these in a modern research context. Your coursework will also consist of molecular and cellular biology and chemistry courses. This major might be the right fit for you if you’re interested in a career in research or have advanced degree aspirations.

Career Options

  • Biotechnology
  • Fine chemicals research
  • Food processing
  • Government research
  • Higher education
  • Industrial research
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medicine

Post-Graduation Success1

84% employed or continuing education

54% employed after graduation

29% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$51,527 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Meijer, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Laboratory of Immunogenetics View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, Duke University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong math and science coursework and performance
  • Calculus preferred (if available at high school)
  • Biology and chemistry preferred (if available at high school)
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.8 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

69% four-year graduation rate

74% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,866
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,016


  • Tuition: $36,986
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $60,476


  • Tuition: $39,434
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $62,924