Biological Chemistry Program

The program in Biological Chemistry offers Tulane undergraduates an opportunity to obtain a broad educational background with emphasis on the chemistry of biological systems. Biological Chemistry, or biochemistry, is the study of life at the molecular level. The major in Biological Chemistry focuses on providing training so students can apply the concepts and methods of the physical sciences to the solution of biological problems.

Biological Chemistry Program

Majoring in Biological Chemistry

The major provides a broad foundation in modern science and an excellent introduction to graduate work in biochemistry, biotechnology and medical research as well as a strong preparation for medical school. Furthermore, in addition to career opportunities specifically related to biochemistry, graduates with a major in Biological Chemistry have opportunities generally open to graduates with a major in either Chemistry or Biology. These areas include jobs in analytical and forensic chemistry, biotechnology, business, education, government, industry and toxicology. A degree in biological chemistry also provides students with an excellent background for less traditional careers such as information scientists, patent attorneys, patent agents, health & safety specialists and science writers.

The program is operated jointly between the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. The major involves taking selected science courses in both these departments as well as in physics and mathematics. In addition, students are required to participate in two semesters of research. This gives you the opportunity get involved in a research project in any area of your choice. Students have worked with research groups not only in the Chemistry and Cell Molecular Biology departments but also Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, Physics and various departments in the Medical School.


Any student in the Biological Chemistry program is welcome at seminars sponsored by the departments of Chemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology.

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