Biochemistry at Viterbo

Biochemistry, the study of chemical processes that take place in living organisms, is a broad field that offers a wide range of career options. Biochemists can pursue stem cell or genetic research that has the potential to result in dramatic medical or scientific breakthroughs. Some biochemists study the body's immune response to germs and allergens or the effectiveness of drugs in treating a wide array of afflictions. Other biochemists work in the commercial food or agricultural field looking for ways to improve products and crops. Additionally, a biochemistry degree can be a successful path to medical, pharmacy or other health-related professional schools. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for biochemists were projected to increase faster than average at 19 percent during 2012–2022. This is due, in part, to the expansion of the biotechnology field.

Viterbo’s biochemistry program offers students an interdisciplinary major between the fields of biology and chemistry that facilitates in-depth investigations of how life holds together at the cellular and molecular level. Students are led through a scaffolded curriculum that asks students to think critically, independently, and creatively. Through these courses and labs, biochemistry majors will be equally well-prepared for further study in graduate, professional or medical school or for immediate placement within a variety of positions in biotech, health care or government related jobs and careers.

Apply or plan a visit today to get started on your education and a career in biochemistry.

Program Highlights

  • Outstanding science facilities and laboratories
  • Interactive, student-based teaching
  • Guaranteed research experience with opportunities for additional research, including a paid summer program
  • Strong collaboration with other fields of study in the sciences allow for students to follow their interests across the various fields
  • Intensive faculty advising to guide students onto a career path and to provide opportunities to advance career goals
  • Cohesive group of students and faculty with a strong sense of community


Featured Alumni

"Viterbo offered me numerous opportunities through volunteering in the community, interprofessional workshops, and on-campus clubs to help me develop as a person so I could identify how compassion, empathy, and servant leadership would help me become the best possible health care provider in my future career."

Sarah Lieser '12  
Graduate student
Medical University of South Carolina

Career Examples

  • Biofuels researcher
  • Bioinformatics scientist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Clinical researcher
  • Forensic scientist
  • Genetic counselor
  • Geneticist
  • Laboratory/project management
  • Patent attorney/agent
  • Public information and outreach
  • Teacher/professor
  • Toxicologist

Graduate Schools/Employers of Alumni

  • Agropur Ingredients
  • Covance Toxicology
  • Integrated DNA Technologies
  • John Morrell Food Group
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Montana State University
  • Rocky Vista Osteopathic Medical School
  • Steris Corporation
  • University of South Carolina Medical School
  • University of Wisconsin Medical School
  • University of Wisconsin Pharmacy School
  • U.S. Geological Survey Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center