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64% of graduates over the last five years went directly to professional or graduate school


What is Biochemistry at WVU like?


An interdisciplinary science, biochemistry is the study of living organisms and is essential in creating and testing new foods, drugs and agricultural techniques. It's ideal if you are interested in pursuing a career in a variety of health professions.

In addition to gaining basic and advanced scientific knowledge, Biochemistry students also graduate with degrees certified by either the American Chemical Society or the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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At a Glance

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Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Track
    This track is more chemistry-focused; students are required to take calculus-based physics, two upper level chemistry classes and conduct research in the Department of Chemistry.
  • American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Track
    This track is more biology-focused; students can take either calculus or trig-based physics, have an additional molecular biology course and a third biochemistry course.

Fast Facts

What makes Biochemistry at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Biochemistry students are actively involved in research across campus in programs like the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and the Summer Undergraduate Cancer Research Fellowship offered by the WVU Cancer Institute.
  • Undergraduate research is required for students in the ACS track and strongly encouraged for the ASBMB track.
  • Students in the ASBMB track can earn course credit for their research which can be counted as Biochemistry elective hours. Or, they can enroll in a two-semester research capstone series.
  • For students completing the ACS-required research or enrolled in the ASBMB research capstone, the program provides a small budget that can be used for laboratory supplies and/or travel.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

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You can earn a secondary teaching certificate through WVUteach while completing a four-year degree in WVU's Biochemistry major.


What can you do with this degree?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Biochemistry major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Biochemistry at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Biochemistry major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

AGBI 410:
Introductory Biochemistry

Introduction to chemistry of cellular constituents (proteins, amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, enzymes and coenzymes) and their metabolism in animals and plants.

BIOL 219:
The Living Cell

Continuation of BIOL 117. Structure, function and diversity of cells with an emphasis on gene expression and cellular phenotype including cell chemistry, energetics, and regulation of cell activities.

BIOL 324:
Molecular Genetics

Theoretical and practical knowledge in genetics as a field of study and as an approach for investigating biological problems.

BIOL 420:

Advanced elective examining biology and evolution on a genome-wide scale. Topics include fields of study and methods of DNA sequence acquisition and annotation, including exploration of the human genome and its contribution to disease discovery.

CHEM 312:
Environmental Chemistry

Study of the nature, reactions, transport, and fates of chemical species in the environment. (2 hr. lec., 1 hr. demonstration.)

CHEM 460:
Forensic Chemistry

Analytical chemistry as applied in forensic science. Drug analysis, toxicology, arson, paints, polymers, fibers, inks, and gunshot residue.

Cost and Aid

How much does Biochemistry at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $411
Per Semester $4,932
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,864
Per Credit $1,095
Per Semester $13,140
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,280
Per Credit $1,095
Per Semester $13,440
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,880
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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Biochemistry can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Biochemistry has transfer articulation agreements with:

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What are the requirements to apply for Biochemistry at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Biochemistry major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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