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Biochemistry

Research. Analyze. Discover. A Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry gives you the tools to drive innovation.

Offered through the Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology, the Biochemistry degree intersects York College’s respected Chemistry and Biological Sciences programs. Through a student-centered approach to learning, Biochemistry majors benefit from immersive study, hands-on experiences, and guidance from expert faculty. 

When it comes to internships, research opportunities, and post-graduate jobs, YCP’s community partnerships and prime location in the mid-Atlantic region offer you a competitive advantage. Pennsylvania is ranked 4th in the nation for biochemistry jobs by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and is home to several key industries that rely on trained biochemists. 

Whether you plan to pursue graduate or professional studies, or immediately enter the workforce, you’ll be ready to contribute to scientific discoveries that improve the world. 

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Majoring in Biochemistry

  • Key Courses

    Biochemistry Program Courses

    York College’s Biochemistry major is administered through the Department of Chemistry and supported by the Department of Biological Sciences. Through interdisciplinary coursework, laboratory experiences, a seminar series, research, and internships, you’ll develop in-demand knowledge and hands-on experience necessary for success in the field. 

    A few core areas of study include: 

    • CHM 146: Advanced Chemistry
    • BIO 142: Molecules, Genes, and Cells
    • CHM 234: Organic Chemistry I
    • BIO 240: Genetics
    • BIO 290: Biostatistics
    • CHM 324: Physical Chemistry for Biosciences
    • CHM 338: Instrumental Analytical Chemistry

    YCP’s Biochemistry degree curriculum adheres closely to the recommendations outlined by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

  • Career Opportunities & Benefits

    Careers in Biochemistry

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 5% growth in employment of Biochemists as demand for biomedical needs, biofuels, and plant biotechnology increases. A Biochemistry degree from YCP prepares you for careers in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, agriculture, petroleum, chemicals, food processing, biotechnology, and more.

    Possible careers include:

    • Biochemist
    • Biological Scientist
    • Clinical Lab Scientist
    • Science Journalist
    • Science Writer
    • Technical Salesperson
    • Professor
    • Researcher
    • Federal Regulator

    Many students also opt to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary science, or enroll in law school.

    Biochemistry Degree Salary Information

    A Biochemistry degree from York College gives you a competitive advantage in an in-demand field. Keep in mind, your earning potential within this field will vary depending on your specific responsibilities and many other factors like location, years of experience, unique skills, and postgraduate education or certifications.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Agricultural and Food Scientists earn an average of $68,830, while Chemists and Materials Scientists earn $80,680 annually. The median salary for Biochemists with a professional degree is $94,270.

    Benefits of a Biochemistry Degree

    A Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry will prepare you to enter the workforce in many diverse fields, or transition to graduate or professional studies. 

    Some of the benefits of earning a Biochemistry degree at YCP include:

    • The ability to tailor coursework to align with your unique interests and career aspirations
    • Development of skills that reflect the most recent advances within the biochemistry discipline
    • Internship, mentorship, and research opportunities
    • Hands-on laboratory experiences in York College’s state-of-the-art facilities
    • Support and guidance from respected faculty who are trained in the fields of chemistry, biological sciences, and biochemistry.
  • Internships & Work Experience

    Internships & Work Experience

    Designed to strengthen your confidence and expand your understanding in the field, internships empower your education and build connections with future employers.

    YCP’s Biochemistry major emphasizes student development through real-world experiences. The Departments of Chemistry and Biological Sciences proudly partner with local industries, laboratories, government agencies, and hospitals to provide internship, research, and employment opportunities for students.

  • Mentorship & Community

    Mentorship & Community

    At YCP, we strive to foster healthy relationships and collaborations with students to help you thrive personally, academically, and professionally. 

    As a Biochemistry major, you’ll develop close mentoring relationships with YCP’s dedicated faculty. Throughout your educational journey, you’ll receive helpful guidance and support, ensuring that you can take full advantage of your time at YCP.

  • High-Demand Skills

    Biochemistry Degree Skills and Requirements

    YCP’s Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry equips you with the technical knowledge and soft skills needed for success in a variety of careers or advanced degree programs. A few examples include:

    • Knowledge and understanding of the core concepts and techniques of Biochemistry
    • Critical thinking, problem-solving, and quantitative reasoning
    • Proficiency using the scientific process in a range of sub-disciplines
    • Understanding of and commitment to safety, sustainability, and wise use of chemical materials and resources
    • Written and oral communication
    • Commitment to ethical practices in science
    • Collaborative work with peers in the classroom and laboratories

    As a program graduate, you’ll pair a foundational understanding of biochemistry with practical experience that prepares you for success in the real world. 

    Best Minors for Biochemistry Majors

    Declaring a minor is an excellent way to expand your education and explore your interests while enhancing your résumé. YCP offers numerous minor programs that complement a Biochemistry degree, including: 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I do with a bachelor’s in Biochemistry?

    A Biochemistry degree from York College is the gateway to a variety of careers in several diverse fields. As a program graduate, you’ll be ready to pursue science-based careers in agriculture and food, medicine and technology, the environment and sustainability, pharmaceuticals, education, and business. 

    Depending on your interests and professional goals, you may also enter a graduate or professional program. YCP’s knowledgeable Career Development Center staff are available to discuss your career aspirations and to offer guidance and support.

  • Is Biochemistry a good career?

    Yes! According to US News and World Report, careers in biochemistry rank among the top science jobs. Potential employment opportunities exist in Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and across the country, as demand increases for biomedical needs, biofuels, plant biotechnology, and more.

  • Is Biochemistry a hard major?

    YCP’s Biochemistry degree curriculum is a rigorous blend of coursework in chemistry and biological sciences. If you are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math, and are passionate about applying your education to pursue scientific advances, a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry may be perfect for you. As with any degree, it is important to review and understand the academic requirements for the Biochemistry major.

Contact Us
Chemistry Department
Jessica M. Fautch, Ph.D.
Chair, Chemistry Department
Campbell Hall, Room 211A
Phone: 717.815.1328
jfautch@ycp.edu
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