Biochemistry has grown to occupy an important and influential position in both of its parent disciplines, chemistry and biology. The biochemistry major offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that is designed to allow students to focus on either the biological or the chemical aspects of the boundary region between these two disciplines. A major in biochemistry can prepare students for advanced studies in biochemistry, biology or chemistry; for advanced studies in the health professions; for employment in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries or (with further study) for careers in public health policy or patent or environmental law.

The director of the major is in the Department of Chemistry and Physics; however, because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program, curricular oversight is shared with the Department of Biological Sciences.