What You Can Do with Your Biochemistry Degree

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    Biochemistry Prepares You to Make a Big Impact

    The possibilities that come from your knowledge and skills as a biochemist are numerous. You will find work in the health care industry, parts of the chemical industry, homeland security, environmental testing, and genetic engineering. IUP’s biochemistry graduates have a remarkable employment and graduate school track record. About a third of our graduates find employment directly after graduation. A third of them enroll in doctoral programs. The remaining third enroll in professional training programs, medical schools, and master’s programs. Take advantage of the biochemistry program’s career planning page.


    With a BS in Biochemistry, you will have many career opportunities that include private sector, public sector, and academic settings:

    • University laboratories
    • Federal government laboratories/agencies
    • National Science Foundation
    • National Institutes of Health
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Department of Agriculture
    • Department of Energy
    • Armed services
    • State and local government laboratories/agencies
    • Public health departments
    • Hospital laboratories
    • Commercial medical laboratories
    • Private testing laboratories, including forensics
    • Independent research foundations
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Biotechnology
    • Food processing
    • Cosmetics
    • Chemical laboratories
    • Petroleum industry
    • Agricultural research

    Path to Higher Degrees

    Expand your job choices and increase your salary potential by completing graduate studies.

    • MS in Biochemistry
    • PhD in Biochemistry
    • Doctor of Medicine
    • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine