Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry

Whether you choose a Bachelor of Science Biochemistry degree or a Bachelor of Arts Biochemistry degree, your experience as a biochemistry major at ACU will lay the foundation for a challenging and exciting career.

Biochemistry--where biology and chemistry intersect--is the study of living things at the molecular level. This interdisciplinary field of science is exciting and versatile, with topics ranging from disease and DNA to forensic science and agriculture.

A bachelor’s in biochemistry can lead to a career as a biochemist or serve as a foundation for medical school.

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Microscopic Studies. Big Discoveries.

ACU offers two distinct bachelor of biochemistry degrees to help you reach your specific career goals: 

  • The Bachelor of Science The Bachelor of Science prepares you for professional schools including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and optometry, graduate studies in biochemistry, or to pursue careers as professional biochemists. This degree includes a choice between four tracks: 
    • American Chemical Society (ACS) - approved by the American Chemical Society, in addition to in-depth biochemistry courses, includes additional courses in inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and calculus.
    • Biomedical Sciences - in addition to in-depth biochemistry courses, includes more flexibility in upper-level biology and chemistry courses for those preparing to enter professional schools of medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy or optometry, enter graduate school in biochemistry or molecular biology, or who wish to enter the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries.
    • Pre-Vet track - prepares students who plan to enter professional veterinary schools.
    • In addition, the health professions fast-track cooperative degree offers students the chance to enter professional school after only three years at ACU.
  • The Bachelor of Arts prepares you for entry into professional schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or optometry, or into careers in biotechnology, as a physician assistant, or pharmaceuticals.
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After Graduation?

  • Biochemist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Biomedical Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Consultant

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Chemistry and biochemistry students have extensive opportunities to participate in research, internships and student activities, including:

  • Research - on campus or off
  • Summer internships
  • ACU Chemistry Club
  • Field trips to labs, power plants and conferences
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Degree Details


Biochemistry, BA (BCHA)


Biomedical Science, BS (BCH-BCBS)

Pre-Vet, BS (BCH-BCHV)

Standard Track, BS (BCH-BCHE)

Required Hours

*Based on track selection

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 29-33 credit hours (Choice of 4 tracks) + Electives: 6-10 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*

Example Coursework

Organic Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry

Cell Biology

Biochemistry I, II, and III

Minor Available:



Chemistry and Biochemistry

Application Deadlines

Regular: February 1st

National Candidates: May 1st

Early Action: November 1st

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