Undergraduate Programs

Our students embody excellence — in and out of the classroom.

A Training Environment Like No Other

We offer undergraduate students a rigorous curriculum in preparation for health sciences, research and biotechnology careers.

Students have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in faculty laboratories, and many undergraduates become co-authors on scientific publications. Faculty in our department personally advise each student and work directly in the classroom to support them.

Our undergraduate program embodies academic excellence. No wonder it’s one of the most popular at NC State.

Ready for an experience that will change your life? Join us.


Bachelor of Science Degree

The biochemistry curriculum, flexible enough to design a program to meet your particular career plans, is a rigorous program that prepares you to compete successfully in your future professional career.

A faculty adviser will help you plan your program from the following coursework areas and others that fulfill your desired career objectives:

  • Biochemistry (10 hours): General biochemistry; biochemistry laboratory
  • Biochemistry Research (3-6 hours): Honors research; special studies
  • Chemistry (23-25 hours): General chemistry; organic chemistry; physical chemistry; laboratory analysis
  • Physics (8 hours): General physics
  • Mathematics (13-15 hours): Calculus; statistics and/or computer science
  • Life Sciences (22-24 hours): General biology; genetics; microbiology; life sciences electives (11-12 hours)

A total of 120-128 hours is required to graduate with a degree in biochemistry.

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Biochemistry Honors

The Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry’s Honors Program, which is administered through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Sciences, is designed to encourage excellent undergraduate biochemistry majors to develop their academic potential through a selection of courses and research that will challenge their abilities and better prepare them for postgraduate careers.

Students interested in the Honors Program are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor about specific requirements.  Generally, students are accepted into the Biochemistry Honors Program after their sophomore year and have an overall grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

Option 1

Emphasizes Physical Chemistry and professional development

1. Take MA 141, 241 and 242 sequence
2. Take Differential Equations – MA 341
3. Take PY 205 and PY 208
4. Take CH 431 and CH 433
5. Maintain a GPA at or above 3.5
6. Engage in a scientific service or science-related outreach activity at some point during completion of your degree (examples include Biochemistry Club, study abroad, volunteering for school science fair judge, etc.)

Option 2

Emphasizes research accomplishments. In this option, you can choose to take either of the MA, PY or PChem series courses.

1. Maintain a GPA at or above 3.5
2. Conduct at least one year of cumulative research experience
3. Submit a thesis prospectus at the beginning of the semester prior to the one in which you intend to graduate
4. Identify a thesis committee of three members (two in biochemistry, one can be outside the department). They may include postdocs, but you must have at least 1 faculty member from the Biochemistry Department.
5. Write a thesis on your research.
6. Present a seminar on your research and defend the thesis work before your committee.
7. Engage in a scientific service or science-related outreach activity at some point during completion of your degree.

Combined B.S. and M.S.

We offer a combined program for a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in biochemistry — designed as a five-year program where undergraduate students generally join during their junior year. Students should identify a faculty research mentor before joining the program.

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Career Development

We want you to land the job of your dreams. Whether that's in a hospital, a research lab or a classroom -- or anywhere in between -- you've come to the right place.

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Supporting your Success

Our department offers resources for undergraduate students, from experiential learning opportunities to scholarships and advising. The bottom line? We’re here to help you.

For more information about our undergraduate program, please contact:

Erika Drake  Administrative Support Specialist / Student Services Coordinator

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