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Biochemistry is the study of the structure, composition, and chemical reactions of substances in living systems. Biochemistry became a separate discipline when biology was combined with organic, inorganic, or physical chemistry and studies such topics as how living things obtain energy from food, the chemical basis of heredity, and what fundamental changes occur in disease.

Biochemistry includes the sciences of molecular biology; immunochemistry; neurochemistry; and bioinorganic, bioorganic, and biophysical chemistry. Biochemistry has a wide range of applications which can be applied to fields such as medicine, agriculture, toxicology, and engineering to name a few.

Biochemists often work in modern research laboratories and participate in stimulating, creative work. Often they interact with scientists from other fields because their research is intertwined. The application of Biochemistry to other fields focuses on improving the quality of life. Opportunities for employment in this field are expected to grow in industry, medicine, and genetic research.

Biochemistry courses fulfill Minnesota Transfer Curriculum requirements and graduation requirements.

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