Careers with a B.A.
Through our rigorous academic program and immersive learning experiences, Biochemistry majors graduate with skills to pursue careers in a wide range of fields. This page has a number of advising and research resources, and examples of alumnae and their paths. A great resource is WhatCanIDoWithThisMajor.com
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations, including biological sciences, pharmaceuticals, and chemistry.
- Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider are useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into organizations hiring biochemistry majors.
Internships provide powerful learning opportunities where majors can apply their biochemistry knowledge and investigate potential careers. Mount Holyoke's Lynk Universal Application Funding (UAF) initiative offers internship funding for one domestic or international internship to every student that has secured a qualified summer internship or research position.
Students are encouraged to explore internships, independent research, and summer research possibilities with their Biochemistry faculty advisor. Summer opportunities generally require planning well in advance. Fall semester is not too early to begin exploring summer options:
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) is a program funded by NSF. Most programs run for several years, but that means the programs change from one year to the next. Consult the NSF-Specialized Information for Undergraduate Students website for undergraduate opportunities.
- The Career Development Center (CDC) introduces you to internship search strategies, walks you through the Lynk-UAF application process, and connects you to internship databases and MHC curated internship opportunities. The CDC is here to help you develop strategies to find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access resources.
- In addition to the CDC, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives is a key resource for international internships. The MHC International Internship Program (MHC-IIP) offers curated, competitive internships in 20 countries around the world.
Career and Internship research
- Students and alumnae who studied this major or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school. Use the MHC Intern Network to connect with MHC students and recent alumnae who have held internships. Search by major, location, position, or employer.
- Learn how to conduct informational interviews with people working in the field and find alumnae through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. They can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs and graduate school.
- American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology: This non-profit org provides Fellowship Travel Awards, Career Networking, and Employment Assistance to members.
- American Institute of Biological Sciences: A non-profit scientific association that includes several student chapters and publishes the periodical BioScience.
- Science Careers: This website is the career component of Science Magazine, and it offers recent articles on up-and-coming science careers in various fields as well as job listings for members.
- The Biochemical Society: A UK-based scientific organization, offers an excellent Career section for biochemistry graduates.
- American Chemical Society: The ACS website features a comprehensive “Chemical Careers in Brief” section as well as salary information.
- GoinGlobal provides country-specific career information, expert advice, and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. Login with Handshake, our job, internship and resource portal.