When you look at a plant or an animal, be it a majestic redwood, your golden retriever, or even another person, you see the entire organism, a smoothly functioning whole.
But beneath the surface is a living machine. At scales much too small for us to see with the naked eye, there are chemical reactions going on that enable organisms to live. For example, when you eat, proteins called enzymes help speed up the chemical reactions that break down food so that you can get the energy you need to live. If you major in biochemistry, you’ll examine these and other chemical reactions.
Students of biochemistry learn about the chemistry, molecules, and chemical processes necessary for life to exist. You’ll learn about substances like carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and the nucleic acids that make up the genetic code.
Almost all life on earth gets its energy from the sun through plant photosynthesis, a chemical reaction in which plants convert sunlight into chemical energy.
Into nature and solving puzzles. If you want to understand how living things function, biochemistry might be the major for you.
Enzymes speed up more than just the digestion of food. For example, enzymes called polymerases help form new DNA.
In organic chemistry, you’ll learn about the properties of organic molecules. These compounds contain the chemicals that are the building blocks for life on earth: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. You’ll find out how the chemical structures of these molecules affect the characteristics and processes of organisms.