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Learn instrumentation, modern concepts and methods to support your understanding of the molecular nature of biomaterials and life processes for jobs in medicine, patent law or science writing.

Biochemistry – B.S. in Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biochemistry Emphasis; Minor

Students in the Biochemistry program at Montana State delve into core chemistry, biochemistry, and biology courses to gain a comprehensive understanding of the molecular nature of biological materials and life processes. Depending on their interests, students have the opportunity to take electives in areas such as immunology, microbiology, veterinary molecular biology or the environmental sciences. Additionally, all students in the Biochemistry program are assigned to an on-campus lab to conduct laboratory research as part of their degree, preparing them for either on-the-job laboratory work or higher education.

The Chemistry & Biochemistry major at Montana State offers an additional Option Within the Major: Chemistry (Professional). Additionally, Biochemistry can be taken as a minor.




Students in the Biochemistry department include Max Yates ’21, who was among 62 national recipients of the 2020 Truman Scholarships, a highly competitive and prestigious national scholarship given to college juniors who have demonstrated leadership potential and commitment to public service.



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Goldwater Scholars
Montana State is the top producer in the Northwest of recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for students in math, science and engineering.

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Hands-On Experience
Students in the Chemistry & Biochemistry department all participate in laboratory research within their undergraduate career, with opportunities to explore projects that focus on nanomaterials, optical technology, thermal biology, biofilm engineering and more.

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Montana's Research Leader
Montana State leverages more than $160 million annually to support pioneering research across our departments, institutes and centers.





Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Biochemistry students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Laboratory Research
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Science Writing
  • Plant Management
  • Hazardous Waste Management

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.