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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

In between the disciplines of Biology and Chemistry there is an area known as Biochemistry, which involves the study of the chemical processes occurring in living matter. Biochemical processes give rise to the complexity of life.  Almost all areas of the life sciences, from botany to medicine, are engaged today in biochemical research. 

Biochemistry has been the key to our growing understanding of a myriad of health issues – from diabetes to arteriosclerosis to cancer. Biochemistry is closely related to molecular biology, the study of the molecular mechanisms by which genetic information encoded in DNA results in the processes of life.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina is one of the best in the Southeast, with world-class research programs in both areas.  The department was recently ranked in the Top 40 in the United States by “Chemical and Engineering News”. Since 2000, the department has been housed in a 158,000-square-foot, $36 million center designed to be a cutting-edge chemistry facility.

A Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is offered.

Biochemistry majors find jobs with pharmaceutical companies,  government agencies, biotechnology firms and other private industry, and health organizations.  An undergraduate biochemistry degree can also be used to meet the entry requirements for medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, and other professional schools.  In addition, a biochemistry degree is a good foundation for graduate study in any of the biological sciences.  

For additional information, contact:

Renee McGinnis, 803-777-5264,

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