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First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
What to Do with a Degree in Biochemistry
Biochemistry Websites
Graduate School Information


Biochemistry is one of three majors offered through the Department of Life Sciences. Life Sciences takes pride in offering students the opportunity to carry out cutting-edge research in the laboratories of faculty in Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Neuroscience and related fields. Some students begin working in labs as early as their first semester, and many start as juniors, leading up to a senior honors thesis.

The Biochemistry major is designed to equip students with a broad understanding of the chemical and molecular events involved in biological processes. The general aim of the major is to ensure that the students first learn the necessary chemical and physical backgrounds, followed by the basic principles and observations of biochemistry and molecular biology. The biochemistry major provides a foundation for careers in medicine, biotechnology or research in all branches of the biological sciences.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable excel spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Biochemistry alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Biochemistry major at Brandeis.

Biochemistry Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline.The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Biochemistry major at Brandeis.

2013 T3 Trading Group, LLC Equity Trader Finance
2013 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Laboratory Manager and Research Technician Research
2012 Research Associate- Omics Division Berg Diagnostics Research/ Science
2012 Rapaport Plastic Surgery Medical Assistant Healthcare
2012 Veterans Medical Research Foundation Research Technician Science/Research/Pharmaceutical
2010 Pfizer Scientist Pharmaceuticals
2010 CA Institute of Technology Ph.D. Student Biochem & molecular biophysics
2010 UCSF Grad Student Higher Ed
2008 Gradient Toxicologist Renewable's and Environment
2008 Chicago-Kent College of Law Law JDD


In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchangeis an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

 What to Do with a Degree in Biochemistry (.pdf)

Biochemistry Web Sites

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.


  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.


  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques and disposal methods
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, alegbra, geometry, calculus, statistics and their applications. 

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

Sample of Possible Occupations

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