Biochemistry, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and College of Letters & Science (click here to learn the differences).
Student works with chemical flasks
Flasks containing various chemicals are pictured as students conduct hands-on experiments during Biomolecular Chemistry 504. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Advisor: Amy Betzelberger, Ph.D. (schedule an appointment). Advising Office: 1142 Biochemistry Building (608-265-9846),

All appointments are scheduled online via the WiscCal Scheduling Assistant. If you are not a currently enrolled student and cannot log in with your NetID, please email to discuss appointment times.

Field of Study: The study of life processes at the molecular level, including the chemistry of nutrition, metabolism and genetic regulation.

Possible Careers: Physician; research or technical support positions in academic, government, or industry labs; university or college faculty positions; administrative positions in federal agencies; biomedical engineer; technical sales positions; patent lawyer; veterinarian.

Special Opportunities & Additional Information

  • Research and travel awards available to help fund opportunities outside of the classroom
  • Many opportunities for lab jobs and undergraduate research
  • Students should have a good math background.
  • Many majors go on to graduate or professional schools.
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry Student Organization

Selected Required Courses

  • Intro Biology: Biology 151-152; or Biocore
    Calculus: Math 221-222; or Math 275-276
    Chemistry: General, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry courses
    Physics: Physics 201-202; or Physics 207-208
    Statistics: None