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Biochemistry (BS)

This is one of Michigan's high-demand, top careers


The science of life is tied to the flow of chemical energy. As a biochemist, students will dive into that world through research—discovering ways to maintain life and advancing new methods to save it. At SVSU, the biochemistry program and its professors offer an education like no other. Here, students will gain confidence in laboratory skills, and they'll learn from the success and failures of conducting their own research. Students will perform experiments, track progress and present findings—not only at the regional level but also on the national stage. The Biochemistry program offers smaller classes and highly invested faculty who train students not only in knowledge but also in advanced laboratory skills. As a Cardinal, students will discover there’s no better place to learn how to conduct their own research and to help differentiate themselves from the competition. Because, at SVSU, the study of life is also a study of students and their passions.

Cardinal Points

  • SVSU connects students with elite in-hospital programs such as the Medical Scribes Program with Covenant Hospital.

  • Biochemistry students enjoy a 95 percent placement rate after graduation.

  • Students have opportunities to study abroad in Europe and Asia. 

  • SVSU's instructional facilities feature modern and well-equipped laboratories that have major equipment available to ensure advance research opportunities for students. 

  • A recent $300,000 award from the Office of Great Lakes supports cutting edge research in measuring microbial DNA in local waterways. 

The Biochemistry major at SVSU includes rigorous, in-depth study of organic and physical chemistry, quantitative and instrumental analysis as well as the principles of experimental biology in fields such as botany and zoology. However, classroom learning is only part of a student's education. Experiencing real-life situations, sharing knowledge, learning from leadership, gaining skills, working in state of the art labs and conducting research are all a part of what it means to study chemistry—and what it means to be an SVSU Biochemistry student.

As part of her Undergraduate Research Program project (UGRP), Erica L Behnfeldt, of Fenton, MI, is researching the effects that microplastics in the environment could affect single-celled organisms.

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Our Students After Graduation...


Dow Chemical Company
Dow DuPont
Covenant HealthCare
Ingredion Incorporated
Neogen Corporation
Nexteer Automotive
Michigan State Plice
Spicer Group

Graduate Programs

Michigan State University
University of Michigan
Central Michigan University
University of Colorado
University of Connecticut
University of Detroit Mercy
Ferris State University

Career Opportunities

Quality Control Analyst
Reference Material Specialist
Quality Systems Specialist
Analytical Technologist
Toxicokinetics Technologist
Pharmaceutical Scientist
Air Quality Analyst
Environmental Scientist
Pharmaceutical Research
Forensic Scientist

  • 11% projected growth for employment of biochemists and biophysicists with a Bachelor’s degree through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $93,280 is the median yearly pay for a biochemist or biophysicist in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Biochemistry program, students are prepared for a multitude of careers at the state and federal level of government, environmental protection agencies, hospital administration, biotechnology firms as well as opportunities in food processing, pharmaceuticals and university research. 

Cardinal Successes

These stories offer insight into how SVSU students have turned their education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

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