Biochemistry operates at the interface of biology and chemistry and is a driving force behind rapid progress in applications ranging from cancer treatment to biofuel production to antibiotic discovery. As the only Purdue program accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, we offer the most comprehensive biochemistry coursework available.
Our students enjoy small class sizes and extensive opportunities for supportive mentoring by faculty, in part because of our historical placement in the College of Agriculture. The Department of Biochemistry emphasizes experiential education and actively promotes hands-on research for our undergraduates. A distinguishing feature of our program is the ability to match every interested student with a faculty member for independent research at Purdue. In addition, we seek out opportunities in industry and at other academic institutions (domestic and international) to offer our students a broad array of real-world experiences to complement our extensive classroom offerings.
Graduates of our program are highly competitive in post-graduate programs (including M.D., D.V.M. and Ph.D.) and in industry careers.
There is also an opportunity to complete a five-year dual degree with biological engineering following acceptance into the College of Engineering.
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Careers in Biochemistry
Biochemistry is an excellent choice for students who want to continue in graduate school or pursue professional degrees including but not limited to medicine, pharmacy or veterinary medicine. In addition, trained biochemical scientists are in great demand for research and teaching in universities and for research and development work in chemical and pharmaceutical industries, medical laboratories, and state and federal governments.
Transfer to Biochemistry
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 2.5