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Getting Started

  • Take CHEM 2000 or 4000 – Undergraduate Seminar.
  • Take one math and chemistry course each semester (consult with advisor for placement).
  • Supplement first year courses with general education (GE) courses.

Making Progress

  • Continue math and chemistry courses.
  • Begin physics sequence and courses tied to emphasis area.
  • Evaluate and balance your course load.
  • Continue GE courses through your 2nd and 3rd years, in order to help balance annual course-loads.
  • Meet with an advisor at least once per year to develop and adjust your academic plan.
  • Begin your ePortfolio project by the end of your 2nd year.

Finishing Up

  • Complete senior-level chemistry courses and advanced labs, emphasis requirements and GE courses.
  • Finalize your ePortfolio and submit your “Exiting the U of U” module


Getting Started

Making Progress

  • Attend professional development meetings with ACSSC and begin to lead your own demos and experiments at local schools.
  • Go to research presentations in the Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry to see what innovative science is happening all over the world!
  • Apply to be a College of Science Ambassador or Orientation Leader.

Finishing Up

  • Join the ACSSC executive committee to help plan events and develop new, exciting activities.
  • Become a mentor in the chemistry undergraduate seminar.

Knowledge & Skills

Getting Started

Making Progress

Finishing Up

  • Apply to graduate or professional school.
  • Present research at URS and/or national/regional scientific conferences.


Getting Started

  • Attend office hours to get to know your professors.
  • Participate in an outreach event with ACS and experience the excitement of kids learning about science in the local Salt Lake City community.

Making Progress

Finishing Up

  • Reflect on your college experience as you complete your Chemistry ePortfolio.
  • Share your research in appropriate venues, such as the URS and Undergraduate Research Journal.


Getting Started

  • Shadow a professional in a career you would like to explore.
  • Engage in service opportunities through the Bennion Center.
  • Live in the Kahlert Village for 1st year College of Science majors.

Making Progress

  • Consider your future professional goals and plan to engage in activities that will help you achieve them.
  • Live in the Crocker Science House or become an RA for the Kahlert Village.
  • Engage with the University community by attending seminars in allied fields, and reach out to student groups in diverse areas that fit your personal interests.

Finishing Up

  • Go on a Fall or Spring Alternative Break.
  • Use your Arts Pass to attend events on campus or visit one of the museums in Salt Lake City.


Getting Started

  • Meet with the Science Career Coach to start exploring career options.
  • Start to network through platforms like Handshake, LinkedIn, Forever Utah, etc. and get familiar with various features while exploring ways to connect with other members.
  • Attend the STEM Career Fair and talk to local employers about future positions.
  • Talk to faculty and alumni to determine if graduate school is required for your future career.

Making Progress

  • Meet with your Career Coach to learn job-search skills, resume & cover letter construction, interview practice, and Career Fair prep.
  • Attend the STEM Career Fair in the fall and learn about upcoming available summer internships.
  • Conduct a curiosity conversation with an Alum in a desired career path.
  • Maintain connections with your networks by updating them on your progress and interests.

Finishing Up

  • Update your resume/CV and cover letters with CPDC.
  • Attend the STEM Career Fair and start applying for jobs.
  • Update your networks about next steps, such as job searching or graduate school.
  • Continue to refine your interview skills by practicing with your Career Coach.

Start Your Career Journey

Find support at the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC)

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About the Major

Why Biochemistry? Biochemists integrate fundamental chemical principles to understand the transformations that underpin many aspects of cellular function to understand the molecular basis of life processes. A degree in biochemistry will give you a strong foundation in biological chemistry, as well as biology, physics, and math. This degree will prepare you to explore careers in government, education, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or other health-related fields; or working in areas such as environmental science and engineering, forensics, business, and law. Biochemists play central roles in every aspect of our lives. So why not study biochemistry?

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a firm foundation in the fundamentals and application of current chemical and scientific theories including those in Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistries.
  • Appreciate the central role of chemistry in our society and use this as a basis for ethical behavior in issues facing chemists which include safe handling of chemicals, environmental concerns and important problems our society faces in energy, health and medicine.
  • Understand chemistry is an integral activity for addressing social, economic, and environmental problems.
  • Design and carry out scientific experiments and accurately record and analyze the results of such experiments.
  • Become skilled in problem solving, critical thinking and analytical reasoning as applied to scientific problems. Clearly communicate the results of scientific work in oral, written and electronic formats to both scientists and the public at large.

Plan & Prepare

At the U, we plan for our students to have an exceptional Educational Experience identified by four broad categories we call the Learning Framework: Community, Knowledge & Skills, Transformation, and Impact. This major map will help you envision, explore, design, and plan your personalized Exceptional Education Experience with the Learning Framework at the core. In addition to assisting you in planning your coursework and navigating the requirements of your major, this map will help you incorporate other kinds of experiences to expand your knowledge, support your development, and prepare you for the future you want.

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Last Updated: 4/12/22