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Undergraduate Program Advising

The Undergraduate Student Advising Guide details the programs and coursework required as part of the different concentrations within the Biochemistry Major.

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Undergraduate Student Advising Guide

MSU Undergraduate Catalog


Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application.

Research and Internships

There are several ways students can get 'hands-on' research experiment. Students may apply for the Undergraduate Research Scholars program offered through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students may also complete a summer internship or a Directed Individual Study (DIS) research experience on-campus. You may also find employment and opportunity working in the many laboratories in the department. Ask your professors if they are looking for student assistance. Research experience looks great on your resume, plus you have the opportunity to publish your findings. Most importantly, when interviewing for entry into professional schools (medical school, veterinary, etc.) research and internship experiences make great talking points and demonstrate a commitment to your field. In addition, laboratory or field-based research opportunities give you invaluable hands-on experience and a chance to apply what you are learning in the classroom. Please visit our internship page to learn more.

Career Opportunities and Professional School Information

Biochemists, molecular biologists, entomologists, and plant pathologies are employed in a variety of industries concerned with genetic engineering, human and animal nutrition, processing of foods, development of drugs and other medications, manufacture of chemicals for a wide range of uses, in ecological studies, and also in the area of sales for biochemical products. They also participate in laboratory research in universities and colleges, in research institutes, in hospitals, forensic laboratories and in government installations. Please visit our careers page to learn more.

Accelerated Graduate School

Students who plan on continuing their education may take advantage of the accelerated Master's Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Available as a thesis or non-thesis, this program requires careful planning by the student in order to complete the requirements for the B.S. while beginning a research program that should result in successful completion of a master's at the end of the second summer after the B.S. This five year program ensures the completion of two degrees, however, only exceptional and motivated students should attempt this program. The student interested in the five year program should apply early in the undergraduate program to facilitate the scheduling of courses to conform to time constraints.

An accelerated program is also available for students who wish to earn a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology immediately following receipt of their bachelor's degree.


The Biochemistry major is accredited by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Accreditation is a national, independent, outcomes-based evaluation mechanism that recognizes excellence in B.S. or B.A. degree programs in biochemistry and molecular biology and related disciplines. As a benefit of the accreditation, students may sit for the comprehensive accreditation exam, easing their admission into competitive research programs and other advanced training opportunities.