Biochemistry is the branch of science that explores the chemical processes within and related to living organisms. It is a laboratory-based science that brings together biology and chemistry. Biochemistry is the chemistry of the living world. Plants, animals, and single-celled organisms all use the same basic chemical compounds to live their lives. Biochemistry is not about the cells or the organisms. It's about the smallest parts of those organisms, the molecules. It's also about the cycles that create those biological compounds. By using chemical knowledge and techniques, biochemists can understand and solve biological problems.
The major will prepare you for a future in science, either through an obtaining advanced degree or through entering the workforce in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and chemical industries, or government service, communications, law and many other careers that may not entail continued laboratory work but make use of your understanding of science and scientific research. By selecting appropriate electives, you also can prepare for a career in areas such as genetic engineering and other aspects of biotechnology.