Whether you want to explore the mysteries of DNA, aid in the development of innovative biotechnologies, or study the diagnosis and treatment of disease, you can reach toward your career goals with a biochemistry degree from Florida Tech. Here you'll develop a strong background in biology and chemistry and get hands-on experience in analysis and instrumentation.

Biochemistry careers are built on a solid foundation of understanding complex chemical reactions that occur inside each living organism. 也被称为生命的化学, the study of biochemistry connects the living world to the chemical world to study the processes that occur in plants, 动物, 和单细胞生物. Biochemistry is responsible for most of the advances in medical re搜索, 农业, 和基因工程, all of which are generally accomplished by tying together new medical technologies and discoveries in both genetic and cell biology. When new or transformational discoveries are unveiled, it is likely that a biochemist is part of the team. With a biochemistry degree, this could be you.


Biochemistry degree students are immersed in "real science," not just book learning. As you get to know your professors and work among your peers in small classes and department gatherings, you'll soon find an opportunity to join a re搜索 group. Courses like Biological Discovery and Introduction to Biochemistry are among the classes taken in your first year. Guided by highly qualified faculty who care about your success, you'll hone your strengths and begin specializing as early as your second year.

As seniors, students refine their practical skills in technical electives and specialized labs. They also can undertake exciting collaborative re搜索 with a peer or professor or work independently in a topic of their choosing. All undergraduate biochemistry students present papers at academic meetings and conferences. 作为一个结果, 他们获得实践经验, 增强求职组合, and the perfect preparation for employment or graduate school.


在他们获得生物化学学位之后, many of our graduates go on to master's and doctoral programs at Florida Tech or other prestigious universities, 包括佛罗里达大学, 南阿拉巴马大学, 哥伦比亚大学, 普林斯顿大学, 以及德克萨斯大学.

Why pursue a biochemistry degree at Florida Tech?

Perhaps the greatest benefit of studying biochemistry at Florida Tech is being part of two outstanding science departments—Biology and Chemistry—both of which are committed to a high level of faculty-student interaction and collaboration.

We have strong ties to the Kennedy Space Center and the 海洋研究所港口分院, 这意味着学生有更多的机会. 除了, nearby natural resources such as the estuarine habitats of 印第安河泻湖 and the Atlantic Ocean marine ecosystem are ideal for biological re搜索, making Florida Tech one of the country's most attractive biochemistry colleges.

 Small Class Sizes and an Internationally Recognized 教师

Small class sizes with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1 give you an opportunity to receive one-on-one attention from professors. Florida Tech's active faculty is involved in re搜索 and teaching. The PhD faculty teaches all the classes—no graduate student teachers. 除了, students learn from world-renowned chemists in an environment that encourages undergraduate participation in re搜索 projects.

Undergraduate students usually find a home in a re搜索 group early in their career, which may result in scientific journal publications and re搜索 exchange with other biochemistry colleges. 事实上, 75% of chemistry graduates have published a paper in a scientific journal by the time they graduate. 在一起, the faculty has secured $3 million in external funding for the department, as well as another $2 million to support re搜索 instrumentation.


在设施方面, Florida Tech is considered among the top biochemistry colleges in the country because students have access to the F.W. Olin Physical Sciences Center, its Instrumentation Center, and its Life Sciences Building.

物理科学中心, a 70,000平方英尺的设施, 化学系, 老师的实验室, 最先进的仪器, labs for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, 光化学, 吹制玻璃, 和计算化学.

生物学部门, 位于生命科学大楼, 包含教学和研究实验室, 有16个工作站的电脑设施, 还有一套电子显微镜. The building also includes animal care facilities for housing small mammals and reptiles and a temperature-controlled 800 sq. ft. 温室.

另外, the biochemistry department has excellent teaching facilities, with a state-of-the-art multimedia auditorium and classroom, 以及校园水产养殖中心. Florida Tech established the very first aquaculture program in the United States in 1977, and it remains one of just a few colleges today offering a degree in aquaculture.


Florida Tech is the perfect place for a Biochemistry degree. The 130-acre campus is located on the Space Coast (so named because of the presence of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral just north of us). The area has the fifth largest high-tech workforce in the country, 超过5个,000 high-tech corporations and government and military organizations located nearby. This workforce also provides a variety of internship and employment opportunities.

Florida Tech is just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, 印第安河泻湖, 北美最多样化的河口, 72英里长的美丽海滩, and a short trip to the Florida Keys or the Orlando theme parks. We also have a rich campus life that includes a wide range of intramural and collegiate sports, 俱乐部, 和社会活动.

Build Lasting Professional Relationships through Campus Organizations

Florida Tech’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is a highly active group of students from all disciplines who enjoy learning about and sharing an interest in chemistry. ACS regularly holds campus-wide events to inspire an interest in chemistry, including ice cream socials and silver bottling events. This is also a great way to network and learn about other possible opportunities and biochemistry 实习.

课堂以外的, biochemistry majors build leadership and professional experience through exciting 实习 (see below) and participation in academic organizations like Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta, 生物科学荣誉学会), 医学预科生俱乐部, 学生会, 以及其他100多个学生组织.

Biochemistry majors also participate in exciting summer fieldwork programs that take them to Costa Rica, 秘鲁, 加勒比海, 澳大利亚, 阿巴拉契亚山脉和落基山脉, 和非洲大草原.

How will a biochemistry degree prepare me for the future?


Florida Tech students take part in high-tech biochemistry 实习 with many different companies and organizations from around Florida and the nation. Some of the companies that provide biochemistry 实习 to Florida Tech students are:

  • 美国自然科学博物馆
  • 安第斯生物多样性财团
  • Epcot中心
  • 佛罗里达环境研究中心
  • 佛罗里达医学昆虫学实验室
  • 海洋研究所港口分院
  • 佩里海洋科学研究所
  • 谢德水族馆

Biochemistry 实习 allow students to gain experience with the high-tech tools and techniques used by chemists around the world such as NMR spectrometers, 质谱仪, 热重分析仪, 和更多的.

Stunning Undergraduate 研究 Opportunities

研究 completed both at Florida Tech and during biochemistry 实习 allows students to build a portfolio of original content to present to potential employers after graduation. Biochemistry students re搜索 a variety of topics in both biology and chemistry, often as part of experienced faculty re搜索 teams.

Topics studied by student and faculty re搜索ers include:

  • 退行性疾病的新方法
  • DNA分析和染色体复制
  • Chemical counter-measures for biological threat agents
  • 植物分子生物学
  • 生物技术
  • 化学毒物学

All biochemistry students present re搜索 papers at academic meetings and conferences. This provides the perfect introduction to the world of professional biochemistry. Three-quarters of our students later have their work published in scientific journals.


生物化学专业在不断发展, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, stating that biochemists and biophysicists can expect a 31% increase in job opportunities through 2020. 据该机构称, this increase is due to the need to develop biological products and processes that can improve our lives. Biochemistry is responsible for most of the advances in medical re搜索, 农业, 基因工程, 药店, 取证, 和食品科学.


Florida Tech Biochemistry grads are routinely hired immediately after graduation by the organizations listed above who offer 实习 to students. Other students have been hired by such organizations as:

  • 巴尔的摩水族馆
  • Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program
  • 布里瓦德动物园
  • 佛罗里达海洋世界

Biochemistry careers are found in private and non-profit organizations, government agencies and re搜索 institutions. Undergraduates getting their biochemistry degree often participate in re搜索 endeavors, 实习, 和合作学习.

The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes a resource called the 职业前景手册 that provides detailed information about hundreds of jobs, 包括工资中位数的数据, 预计就业增长, and specifics about what the jobs entail and prerequisites.


Florida Tech graduates can choose from among such lifelong biochemistry careers in:

  • 医学
  • 药物发现/药理学
  • 药物研究与开发
  • 癌症研究
  • 生物技术
  • 农业研究
  • 动物种群恢复
  • 生物物理学
  • 农业与食品科学
  • 化学与材料科学
  • 流行病学
  • 医学科学
  • 微生物学
  • 高等教育
  • 动物学家和野生生物学家

A typical biochemist or biophysicist does the following:

  • Plan and conduct complex projects in basic and applied re搜索
  • Manage laboratory teams and monitor the quality of their work
  • Isolate, analyze, and synthesize proteins, enzymes, DNA, and other molecules
  • 研究 the effects of substances such as drugs, 激素, and food on tissues and biological processes
  • Prepare technical reports, re搜索 papers and recommendations based on their re搜索
  • Present re搜索 findings to scientists, engineers, and other colleagues


Students are often interested in graduate school or a doctoral degree program before starting their professional lives. 除了 to pursuing master's and doctoral degrees at Florida Tech, biochemistry majors attend such prestigious universities as:

  • 佛罗里达大学
  • 南阿拉巴马大学
  • 迈阿密大学
  • 德克萨斯大学
  • 南佛罗里达大学

For more information about biochemistry after college and biochemistry careers, see the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.