Program Overview

Let UNE’s Biochemistry degree be the gateway to your career in the thriving bioscience industry, or build on it as the cornerstone of your health professions training or other graduate study. Either way, you reap the benefits of being part of a comprehensive health sciences university that offers training in state-of-the-art lab techniques and sophisticated instrumentation. You’ll discover an uncommon breadth of undergraduate research opportunities that will develop your skills and put you ahead of the curve.

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Why UNE for Biochemistry

Biochemistry at UNE offers all the advantages of a major research university. Yet, nestled within the College of Arts and Sciences, the program provides you with close faculty relationships and one-on-one attention. The result? Exposure to a range of research opportunities that is rarely found at the undergraduate level.

  • Training in state-of-the-art lab techniques
  • Focus on independent experimental design
  • Proximity to health professions programs
  • Formal and informal peer mentoring
  • Teaching assistantships
  • Abundant local internship opportunities

Biochemistry at UNE: Can Protein Polymers Help Injured Spines

Associate Professor Eva Rose Balog, Ph.D., and Medical Biology student Galen Arnold ’22 discuss their work in Balog’s protein biochemistry and biomaterials research lab.


Follow in the footsteps of our Biochemistry majors who have made their marks at prestigious companies, such as Pfizer, IDEXX, and the Institute for Protein Innovation. With the knowledge, research skills, and internship experience you acquire at UNE, you too will garner distinction in your career as a biochemist.

As a Biochemistry graduate, you will find the door wide open to a number of fascinating careers, including:

  • Biotechnology Researcher
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Laboratory Technician (changed from Health Care Scientist)
  • Research Scientist
  • Teacher
  • Science Journalist
  • Toxicologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Health Care Professional

Career Advising

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.


of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation

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Student Financial Services

One of the most important considerations when committing to a college or university is cost. We work with you and your family to help make your education affordable by pricing our tuition competitively and offering financial assistance.


Examples of available courses

There are many ways you can navigate our Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. The following are just some examples of the exciting courses that you can take:

  • Advanced Biochemistry Lab  
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Advanced Lab
  • Physical Chemistry

To learn more about the program, see Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

Graduate Program Pathways

As a Biochemistry student, you can take part in our GradVantage program for early admission to our medical, dental, physical therapy, and physician assistant graduate programs.

4+1 Accelerated Master of Science in Biotechnology

UNE has also partnered with The Roux Institute at Northeastern University to offer a 4+1 accelerated M.S. in Biotechnology. In this program, you can enroll in graduate-level courses as an undergraduate and transfer up to 12 credits to Northeastern's master's degree program offered by the Roux Institute. By doing so, you earn two degrees in five years.

To be eligible, you must be enrolled in either the B.S. in Medical Biology - Medical Sciences track or the B.S. in Biochemistry program at UNE.

For more information and to enroll in the program contact your academic advisor.

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. Interested students should consult with their advisor. 

Experiential Learning

Whether you’re assisting faculty members with their research, interning at a local biotech company, or designing your own experiment in the lab, hands-on learning is an integral part of your major. At UNE, you don’t just study biochemistry — you do biochemistry.


  • Collaborate with faculty on innovative research
  • Engage in undergraduate research in your coursework
  • Perform paid research over the summer
  • Present at conferences and publish your findings


You may complete an internship over the summer in your hometown at sites including hospitals, private or government labs, educational institutions, or science centers. Or intern during the academic year with one of the prestigious employers with which we partner:

  • Lonza
  • Jackson Laboratories
  • Envirologix
  • Katahdin Labs

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office Chemistry and Physics contact Cynthia Simon at (207) 602-2540 or

Global Education

See the world

As a Biochemistry student at UNE, you are encouraged to seek the adventure of a semester abroad. Our programs in Seville, Spain, and Tangier, Morocco, offer labs in English, so you can stay on track with your course requirements. Shorter travel courses are another great option, with trips to Belize, Cuba, Kenya, Ireland, the Galapagos Islands, and many other locations.


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