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Biochemistry, B.S.

Biochemistry is an exciting field involving pharmaceuticals, human and animal health, and the study of our diverse biological world.

Visit the program website for more information.

Students are admitted directly into this program.

Program Overview

The chemistry department goal is to provide rigorous preparation for students whose career paths require expertise in biochemistry. Additionally, faculty members strive to contribute to a chemically literate society through teaching (with classrooms, labs, and research), scholarship, and service.

Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, a chemistry minor, and a certificate in green chemistry.

Programs are certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

Why Study Biochemistry at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty Attention. Beyond the freshman year, our courses become smaller and more intimate. All upper-division courses are taught by Ph.D. chemists with specialized training and research expertise. Chemistry faculty members have won many Outstanding Teacher, Pew Teaching Excellence, and Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring awards from the university.
  • Hands-on Laboratories. Students gain extensive experience in laboratories, conducting experiments, synthesizing new molecules, and operating advanced research-quality instruments.
  • Research Experiences. There are opportunities for students to contribute to genuine scientific research on novel projects while receiving one-on-one mentoring from faculty members. Many students travel to professional meetings with their faculty mentors to present research findings and network with other researchers.
  • Employability. Outstanding demand for graduates in local, regional and national industries including biotechnology, pharmaceutical and environmental fields. Students are able to start gaining industry experience while earning their degrees with paid internship positions.
  • Preparation for Further Education. Students are well prepared for master's and Ph.D.-level graduate programs leading to a career in research. Many Biochemistry majors enter medical school, dental school, veterinary school or other healthcare-related training.

Career Insights

This tool shows an overview of potential career opportunities for this major. Actual salaries, employment opportunities, and job titles may change over time.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


Students who wish to major in biochemistry should meet with chemistry department faculty advisors as soon as possible to plan programs that match their academic interests and career goals.

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Department of Chemistry
312 Padnos Hall
(616) 331-3317

Admissions and Recruitment Office