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- Summer research opportunities are available through the National Science Foundation.
- In 2012, Forbes magazine ranked biochemistry No. 2 on its list of top 15 most valuable college majors.
- Once you have completed general course requirements, you’ll have a lot of flexibility in choosing advanced courses.
- Our department is home to the Clemson University Genomics Institute (CUGI).
Just below the surface of every living organism lies a complexity of millions of chemical reactions, each of which is necessary for an animal, plant or even virus to thrive. Even a simple task like eating an apple will kick your metabolism into gear with biochemical reactions that allow you to break down that apple into carbohydrates, proteins and fats, which in turn provide you with energy. As a biochemistry major, you’ll learn about how these biochemical processes can affect human disease, genetics or even bacteria. This degree provides a strong preparation for many scientific careers and is an excellent foundation for professional health schools such as medical, veterinary, dental and pharmacy, as well as for graduate research in multiple science disciplines.