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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

Dive deeper into life science by combining biological science and chemistry in this program focused on practical laboratory skills and student research.

This rigorous program is a top choice for many pre-health students as well as those with an interest in how life functions at a molecular and cellular level. It will prepare you for a career in medical or health sciences as well as future graduate studies or research at the intersection of physical and life sciences.

Program Highlights

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    Hands-on Research

    Conduct research as early as your freshman year, making time to publish your findings.

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    Advanced Laboratories

    Gain skills with research methods using modern equipment in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

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    Future Ready

    Prepare for graduate or professional school, following more than 75% of USC biochemistry majors.

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    Build Connections

    Partnerships with leading companies give you access to internships, equipment and job opportunities.

What You’ll Study

Some of the most popular courses in this program include Metabolic Biochemistry of Human Disease, Immunobiology and many of the special topics courses offered in both biology and chemistry. Our program also features built-in medical school requirements and flexible options to adjust for changes in majors.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Laboratory Research

    Conducting experiments and analyzing data to gain new knowledge and insights in a scientific field

    Scientific Writing

    Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner

    Presentation Skills

    Preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations to inform, persuade or inspire

  • Communication

    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression


    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

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Potential Careers

  • Medical/Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Patent Lawyer
  • FDA Policy Maker/Researcher
  • Agricultural Researcher
  • Fermentation Scientist
  • Cosmetics Developer

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Research Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Scientist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Laboratory Technician

Workplace Settings

  • Medicine
  • Biotechnology
  • Law
  • Cosmetics/Beauty
  • Agriculture

Employers of Alumni

  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • University of South Carolina
  • Baxter International Inc.
  • Greenville Health System
  • Medical University of South Carolina

This major had the perfect mix of both biology and chemistry. I get to explore my interests in core chemistry courses while also getting to take unique biology electives. It made it easy to fit everything in the span of four years and even add two minors!

Elisa Carillo

Is USC Right For You?

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