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When you major in biochemistry at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, you’ll study the molecules that make up life. Explore chemical reactions within a living cell with applications ranging from pharmaceuticals to biofuels. You will have three options for pursuing this major—biochemical analysis, cellular biochemistry or computational biochemistry—so you can dive deep into areas that match your interests, including computers, business, psychology or even art.

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Engage in research experiences inside and outside the classroom


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Two Pathways For Biochemistry

When choosing a college, think about your other interests and the general requirements of the college. View the four-year plans or meet with an academic advisor to see which option is best for you.
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Program Features

 National Accreditation 

Nebraska is one of the few Big Ten universities accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Learn from passionate faculty and staff with valuable real-world experiences.   

Select Your Path 

Study one of three unique tracks, biochemical analysis, cellular biochemistry or computational biochemistry, tailored to suit your academic and career interests. Combine courses, majors and minors in unique ways that fuel your curiosity, interests and goals. 

Conduct Your Own Research 

Work with award-winning faculty making discoveries and inventing new technologies. Become the next co-inventor of a patent or contribute to a scientific publication. 

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Notable Courses

Scientific Analysis and Technical Writing (BIOC 205)

Data analysis and presentation, hypothesis-driven research execution and diverse types of scientific writing with detailed examination of high impact biochemistry research literature.

Structure and Metabolism (BIOC 431)

The structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. Nature of enzymes, major metabolic pathways of catabolism and biochemical energy production.

Plant Biochemistry (BIOC 434)

Biochemical metabolism unique to plants. Relationship of topics previously acquired in general biochemistry to biochemical processes unique to plants. Biochemical mechanisms behind physiological processes discussed in plant or crop physiology.

Research Techniques in Biochemistry (BIOC 437)

Molecular identification and quantification. Employing techniques such as mass spectrometry, chromatography, electrophoretic fractionation, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.

Computational Biology (BIOC 442)

Databases, high-throughput biology, literature mining, gene expression, next-generation sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics, system biology and biological networks.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Research assistant, Bayer Crop Science
  • Student researcher, Nebraska Center for Virology
  • Laboratory technician, Neogen Corporation
  • Biology intern, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • R&D summer intern, Estee Lauder Companies
  • Project manager assistant/engineering assistant, LI-COR Biosciences


  • Technical support specialist, Roche
  • Associate scientist, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories
  • Chemical engineer, Black & Veatch
  • Neuromonitoring technologist, Biotronic Neuronetwork

Graduate Schools

  • Master’s degree, Conservation of Archeological and Museum Objects, Durham University
  • Master’s degree, Genetic Counseling, Northwestern University
  • Ph. D., Neuroscience, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D. in Plant Biology, University of Georgia
  • Medical school, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Outside the Classroom

Depending on your major, interests and goals, you can choose to do research, work as an intern, study abroad, become a leader or serve your community. The university’s experiential learning requirement ensures you have at least one of these transformative learning experiences.


Academics & Experiential Learning

  • Biochemistry majors regularly engage in research or internships and many study abroad or get involved in leadership roles on campus and beyond.

Career Preparedness

  • BIOC 101: Foundational Concepts and Career Opportunities in Biochemistry. Get an introduction to the major, learn about careers and connect with peers and faculty.
  • CASC 200: Career Development in Arts and Sciences. Explore your interests, abilities and values while identifying career options and preparing to apply for internships, jobs or graduate/professional school.
  • Résumé Labs: Join peer coaches around East Campus at a time that works for you. Bring your computer, ask questions, get feedback, make edits as you go and walk out with improved documents.


  • Biochemistry students join and hold leadership positions in organizations like the Biochemistry club, the American Medical Student Association and MedLife.
  • Work alongside biochemistry faculty in the Redox Biology Center or the Center for Plant Science Innovation.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Biochemistry major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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