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Biochemistry, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Kutztown, PA, United States
A Biochemistry degree can start you on a fulfilling professional career journey in directions as varied as chemical engineering, materials science, medicine, nutrition, pharmacology, patent law, or environmental science.
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Biochemistry contributes fundamentally to the ways we maintain our health and interact with the environment as we live our lives. As a Biochemistry major, you will explore questions about life at the molecular level. How is oxygen transported in the blood? How do plants convert sunlight into chemical energy? How can a single mutation in an amino acid sequence result in disease? Biochemistry graduates work in medicine and drug development, agriculture and the food industry, corporate research, and other fields such as forensics and environmental regulation.

At KU, you’ll benefit from direct faculty-student collaborative research opportunities. Your curriculum will include biochemistry courses with the option to focus your electives on chemistry or biology. You’ll spend much of your class time in the Boehm Science Center research laboratories gaining firsthand experience and working one-on-one with professors who are outstanding teachers, published researchers and caring mentors. This state-of-the art facility provides modern space for our teaching and research laboratories, and a variety of modern chemical instrumentation.

Upon graduation you can choose to pursue graduate study in biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, or forensics. Or with your BS degree you may choose to start a career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries; or in public health policy or patent or environmental law.

Students selecting either a Bachelor of Science or minor in Biochemistry are administered through the Chemistry Program and KU's Department of Physical Sciences, within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Sample Career Options

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Forensic scientist
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biostatistician

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Powering Our Future: Energy, Climate Change, and Society
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • General Chemistry

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit the admissions application. If you need to update or edit information on the application, please contact the Office of Admissions.
  • Pay the non-refundable $35 application fee. KU subscribes to the College Board and NACAC fee waiver programs.
  • Send an official high school transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. GED results must be sent directly from the Department of Education.
  • Submit SAT or ACT test scores. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11574 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5787 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    11574 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5787 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7716 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3858 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Kutztown

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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