Program at a glance

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How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in a biochemistry and molecular biology degree program?

Biochemists study how chemical processes affect cells - the building blocks of all life on earth. Understanding how cells and chemical processes work is fundamental to scientific advancements in human health, disease treatment, advanced agriculture and more. 

Your major may include biology- and chemistry-based courses such as:

  • Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Metabolic Regulation
  • Organic Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Biochemical Analysis

You'll take courses in related scientific and mathematical fields such as physics, calculus and statistical methods. To round out your education, you'll also complete a senior thesis, a project that comprises independent laboratory research and a written report on the findings.

Learn more about the College of Agricultural, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

In the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources, you'll receive valuable hands-on experience that prepares you for a successful career in high-demand industries.  With four departments and nearly 200 courses in agriculture, veterinary and rangeland sciences; biochemistry and molecular biology; natural resources and environmental science; and nutrition, we're ready to help you grow your future.

Options in the biochemistry program

  • Minor in biochemistry

    As a minor, biochemistry can complement virtually any life-science major. A biology major who understands more about organisms at the cellular level is well-equipped to build a deeper understanding of the science behind all life. Additionally, the laboratory experience that biochemistry fosters is a great asset for virtually any student in the sciences. The same is true for the critical thinking skills the subject imparts.

Careers with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology

Because of the subject's foundational nature - the study of cells can impact virtually any type of life on earth - an education in biochemistry and molecular biology can lead to a wide range of scientific careers. Biochemists may apply their knowledge to the fight against diseases, the effort to feed the world's growing population or the need to educate the next generation of scientists.

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

46% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Life's a journey. Honors makes it meaningful.

At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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