The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degrees prepare chemistry students for entering the job market or for continuing their education at the graduate level. Research projects, publishing opportunities, internships, and classes provide students with both lecture and laboratory experience.
Biochemistry majors are assigned to a faculty member who serves as an adviser and whose specialty coincides with the student’s area of interest. Students are encouraged to learn by experience through research opportunities in areas such as the design of enzyme inhibitors, protein chemistry, bio-organic reaction mechanisms, biosensor development, and tumorigenesis.
Students interested in obtaining a graduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology or who wish to attend a professional school (dental, medical, or veterinary) may wish to consider the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree.
What Will You Learn?
Students receive a solid foundation in the five major areas of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical. The B.S. or B.A. in biochemistry is a degree option for students interested in science at the intersection of biology and chemistry. The B.S. is ideal for students interested in graduate study in biochemistry and molecular biology or in the health professions. The B.A. is also appropriate for students considering the health professions.
The B.S. in biochemistry/MBA is a five-year joint degree program designed to develop scientists who can serve as managers, group leaders and analysts in chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical diagnostic and investment companies. Graduates are awarded both a B.S. and an MBA.
The University of Tampa’s undergraduate chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society and one of the leading sources of authoritative scientific information. ACS reviews programs based on their institutional environment, faculty and staff, infrastructure, curriculum, undergraduate research, development of student skills and program self-evaluation.
Biochemistry majors may qualify for Life Science Scholarships, which are annual scholarships up to $5,000 (renewable for four years) for first-year students (fall term only).
Qualifications include an unweighted high school GPA of 3.25, 1200 SAT (critical reading and math) or 26 ACT, completed admission application and acceptance for full-time study. The annual deadline for scholarship consideration is February 1.
The department also offers a limited number of competitive Summer Fellowships for juniors and seniors to conduct research with faculty.
The ROTC program can assist prehealth professional students with their professional program finances through the Health Professions Scholarship Program.