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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