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Biochemistry supports the understanding, explanation and discovery of the molecular processes that occur in living things. Biochemists have career opportunities in many fields including biotechnology, pharmacy, medicine, and agriculture. At Tacoma Community College, science and engineering students enjoy:

  • Small classes
  • Faculty excited about teaching
  • Labs taught by the same faculty member as the lecture
  • Extensive interaction with the faculty
  • Well equipped labs
  • Economical tuition

Contact Jeff Engle, Faculty Advisor in Biochemistry

Careers in Biochemistry
Biomedical engineer
Chemical laboratory technician
Clinical research specialist
Food scientist
Forensic scientist
Materials scientist
Molecular biologist
Pharmaceutical researcher

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college biochemistry program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

Degree Options: Associate in Arts (Option B) (PDF)

Program Planning

Preparation: While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics.

Recommended Class Schedule: The biochemistry program given below should be modified with the assistance of a Tacoma Community College biochemistry advisor to meet the specific requirements of the transfer institution. Transfer agreements may not apply to Option B degrees. Each course will be evaluated for transferability. Vocational courses may not transfer

First Year

CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
CHEM& 163
MATH& 153
BIOL& 221

Second Year

CHEM& 261
BIOL& 222
Humanities or Social Science
CHEM& 262
BIOL& 223
CHEM& 263
Social Science
  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • PHYS 221, 222, and 223 may replace BIOL& 221, 222, and 223 at some universities.

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