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Biochemistry is a very broad science that studies the molecules and the chemistry of life. Biochemistry focuses on the structure, the properties and interactions of molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, sugars and lipids. Biochemistry’s aim is to understand how these molecules participate in the processes that support the various functions of the living cell. These studies are therefore essential for understanding disease and finding cure, for improving agriculture and the production of food and biofuels, and to produce innovation in biotechnology.
Whereas other biological science majors may focus on cellular, organismal or population level biology, biochemistry focuses on processes that occur at the molecular to cellular levels. Therefore this major has a greater focus on basic sciences, such as math and, particularly, on chemistry.
Biochemistry graduates go on to a variety of careers in science and science-related fields. The major is designed to f