Undergraduate Program

um's main hall and the oval

The Biochemistry Program at the University of Montana offers two undergraduate degrees options and a minor in biochemistry:

The B.S. in Biochemistry is designed for students planning to attend graduate school or medical and veterinary schools, all of which require a strong background in biochemistry. The B.S. in Biochemistry is also suitable for students planning to pursue a career in research and development in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries.

The B.S. in Biochemistry, Health Professions option is for students who plan to pursue careers related to biochemistry particularly in health care. Many of the upper level requirements are electives allowing students to tailor their program of study to their own career goals.

Both degrees provide students with a strong grounding in both chemistry and biology with coursework in biochemistry beginning with our first year course BCH 110/111: Biochemistry of Life. All majors participate in a 2nd year Biochemistry Seminar and complete a year-long sequence in Advanced Biochemistry as a junior or senior.

Undergraduate Research

Our internationally-recognized faculty members have vigorous research programs which provide opportunities for our undergraduate majors to become involved in exciting research projects as part of their undergraduate studies. Biochemistry majors are introduced to our faculty and their research in our second year seminar class, BCH 294. Many students present their research at the annual undergraduate research symposium during the spring semester.

Related Majors

Students interested in fields related to Biochemistry may also wish to consider majors offered in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry or the Division of Biological Sciences.