‚ÄčAn Interdisciplinary Program Featuring Capstone Mentored Research

CMU's Biochemistry (B.S., B.A.) program is an interdisciplinary biochemistry program providing students with fundamental knowledge and a broadly applicable skillset in biochemistry & molecular biology obtained through rigorous coursework, hands-on laboratory experiences, and mentored research.

CMU is the only public university in Michigan to have a required thesis-based research capstone for all chemistry and biochemistry majors. Every student works one-on-one with a faculty member to design and execute a research project, then communicate their findings through a written thesis and a poster presentation. Biochemistry majors have the flexibility to work with faculty form various Departments and Colleges, including Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biology, Neuroscience, and the College of Medicine. Many students publish in peer-reviewed journals and travel to present their work at regional or national scientific meetings. See our undergraduate capstone research page for more information.

Together, the Biochemistry (B.S., B.A.) degree's curriculum and distinctive capstone research experience provide all of our majors with a rigorous preparation for employment or continued education in various life sciences disciplines and health professions.

CMU's Biochemistry program is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).


Program Requirements

The Biochemistry B.S. and B.A. degrees differ in their liberal arts emphases but otherwise have identical course requirements totaling 69-71 credit hours. Review these program requirements with an academic advisor who will help you plan your coursework.


What's Next?

If you are a prospective student, please contact us for more information about our Department and this program and apply to CMU. If you are interested in other undergraduate programs offered by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, click here.

If you are a current CMU student considering majoring in chemistry or biochemistry, please set up a meeting with an academic advisor to plan your coursework, learn more about undergraduate research, and sign your major.