Undergraduate Major

Introduction to the Biochemistry Major, Embrace your curiosity

In the Department of Biochemistry, we are inventing medicines to save lives, finding new ways to combat cancer and unlocking new sources of biofuels to power the world.

Join our students who work hand-in-hand with award-winning faculty in labs to make discoveries and to invent new technologies. UNL biochemistry undergraduates are regularly included as authors on scientific publications and as co-inventors of patents.

We view our students as future colleagues — whether you become a fellow PhD, medical doctor, or a program manager at a pharmaceutical company. You are a vital part of our community of scholars and are a valued team member.

Academic Requirements

During your first semester at Nebraska, we help you explore biochemistry through an engaging, one-credit introductory course. You learn about careers and basic biochemistry concepts, identify study groups and connect with friends you will have for the next four years.

Students major in biochemistry earning a degree either through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) or the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The major courses are identical — the only difference is in the college distribution requirements and what "surrounds" the major. CASNR students take a science literacy course and one economics course (overlaps with ACE), and have the option to pursue another track – computational and systems biochemistry. CAS students take additional writing, social science, humanities, and foreign language courses.

Undergraduates How to Apply

Let curiosity move you to start your story at Nebraska. With specialized programs of study to match any interest area, the opportunity for hands-on experience through our nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program and a campus located at the heart of an innovative college city community of nearly 300,000 people, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers the ideal Big Ten collegiate experience for students at an affordable cost.

How to Apply
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Academic Advising

Academic advising in biochemistry is done by two full-time professional advisors. Students are assigned to an advisor according to the college through which the major is declared. Our advisors work closely with other teams on campus, such as Pre-Health advising, the Honors Program, and more. Advising is not just about course selection — it’s about goals, having an advocate, and getting the most out of college.

Academic Advisors

A few job titles of our graduates:

  • Physician
  • Pharmacist
  • Intellectual Property Attorney (Patent Law)
  • Chemist
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Associate Analyst
  • Research Technician
  • Professor
  • Genetic Counselor
Careers in Biochemistry

Careers in Biochemistry Every one of our students is making a difference

They’ve taken different paths to our major, and now they’re growing, together, as scientists.

Our major is at the interface of several key sciences. You are trained in biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus. And your elective coursework comes from a variety of areas that match your interests and goals — that could include computers, business, psychology, or even art.

Our faculty use a teaching style that emphasizes core concepts and actively incorporates teamwork, problem solving and project management skills into our lecture and lab courses. This means that our lecture courses involve active participation and allow for greater long-term retention of material than traditionally taught courses.

We also focus on providing research experiences both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to on-campus jobs in faculty labs, we offer three lab-based courses that provide hands-on exposure to highly technical instrumentation and the opportunity to work on unique novel DNA sequences.

If you want to prepare to become a doctor, develop alternative energy sources or discover new cures for disease, join us.