College of Arts and Sciences

Biochemistry is the study of the living organism at the molecular level. It draws on the techniques of analytical, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry in determining the molecular basis of life processes. The department offers BA and BS degree programs. Graduates pursue careers in biomedical research, the health care professions or biotechnology. The degree is also good preparation for graduate school in any aspect of biochemical or biomedical research.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: B.A., B.S.

Topic: Health, Natural sciences, Engineering-option

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Second Friday of April for Autumn, Second Friday of October for Winter
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Career outcomes