Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry

Understand the foundations of life on a molecular level.

Professor and student in lab

“It is a tightly-knit program with career-shaping relationships and early research involvement. The BA degree broadened my worldview and deepened my curiosity around the study of humanity.”

Andrew Matrick (B.A. in Biochemistry, minor in Biology ‘13)

Psychiatrist and Managing Partner, Aven Harbor

About this Program

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the College of Liberal Arts offers the B.A. in Biochemistry. To be admitted into this degree program, students must meet certain prerequisites. 

Students who major in biochemistry investigate the detailed chemistry of the life process. Our biochemistry majors learn about the composition, properties, and reactions of biological substances, and gain enhanced reasoning and problem-solving skills thanks to a curriculum that follows the recommendations of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

B.A. vs B.S.

There are two paths to study biochemistry: the Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry or the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry.

  • The Bachelor of Arts option has a wider and deeper general education foundation. It gives students the flexibility to combine the study of biochemistry with other fields of study appropriate for career preparation or professional school as it requires a minor field of study (or double major).

  • The Bachelor of Science option provides a more rigorous math and science curriculum with opportunities for significant research experience. Students build a strong background in the concepts as well as computational and laboratory techniques used in biochemistry.  

The Value of a Biochemistry Degree 

Biochemistry students learn to operate sophisticated instruments, interpret data, work cooperatively with diverse groups of people, and communicate complex concepts in clear language–all skills that are highly desirable to employers.

Related careers in biochemistry include:

  • health care
  • medical research
  • public health
  • higher education
  • STEM manufacturing
  • pharmacy
  • law
  • business
  • policy

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    Program Information

    Program Type


    Area of Study

    Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology


    4 years


    B.A. in Biochemistry

    Program Location


    Required Credit Hours


    Degree Requirements

    See the information below on the biochemistry major. For a full description, visit the online catalog.


    To be admitted into this major and enroll in the required first chemistry course, students must meet one of the following prerequisites:

    ACT math subscore of 24 (SAT 580)
    ALEKS online math placement test score of PPL 76
    Grade of A or B in Chem 101 at the University of Mississippi
    Grade of A or B in Math 121: Algebra and Math 123: Trig  
    Grade of A or B in Math 125: Basic Math for Science and Technology 

    Students in the B.A. in Biochemistry program complete 29 hours of chemistry as well as math and physics courses. They must also complete a minor field of study (or double major). A minor in biology is recommended.

    • Chem 105: General Chemistry I
    • Chem 106: General Chemistry II
    • Chem 115: General Chemistry Laboratory I
    • Chem 116: General Chemistry Laboratory II
    • Chem 221: Elementary Organic Chemistry I
    • Chem 222: Elementary Organic Chemistry II
    • Chem 225: Elementary Organic Chem. Laboratory I
    • Chem 226: Elementary Organic Chem. Laboratory II
    • Chem 331: Physical Chemistry I  OR Chem 334: Biophysical Chemistry
    • Chem 471: Biochemistry I
    • Chem 472: Biochemistry Laboratory
    • Chem 473: Biochemistry II
    • Chem 580: Molecular Biochemistry I OR Chem 581: Molecular Biochemistry II

    Additional Requirements

    • Math 261: Unified Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
    • Math 262: Unified Calculus & Analytic Geometry II

    One of the following sequences:

    • Phys 211/212: Physics for Science & Engineering I, II plus labs  
    • Phys 213/214: General Physics I, II plus labs   


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    What can I do with a biochemistry degree?

    • Science Department Chair, Olive Branch High School
    • Clinical Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
    • Orthopedic Surgeon, Tulane University
    • Program Coordinator, Department of Microbiology at UC-San Francisco
    • Researcher, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
    • Gastroenterologist, Atlanta Gastroenterology
    • Physician, Oschner Clinic Foundation
    • Family Physician, North MS Medical Clinics
    • Physician, Doctors without Borders
    • Dentist, Gilmore Family Dentistry
    • Associate Attorney, Linklaters Law Firm
    • Bioanalytical Researcher, Altea Therapeutics
    • Lab Quality Manager, Sanderson Farms
    • Senior Scientist, Patheon
    • Clinical Researcher, WayCro

    Choosing your Minor or Double Major

    Bachelor of Arts students must choose a minor (or double major). Combine your study of biochemistry with many other subjects based on your interests and career goals.

    Next Steps

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