Top Biochemistry Schools

Biochemistry programs address topics such as DNA and genome projects as well as advanced knowledge of chemistry and living organisms. Read on for information on some top biochemistry schools. Schools offering Biology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Characteristics of Top Biochemistry Schools?

Top schools that have biochemistry programs are research-focused, with distinguished faculty, research institutes and affiliated hospitals. You'll do lab work directed by a research scientist. Some schools allow students with a specific interest to go directly into a mentor's lab. Others require a lab rotation process. Among these top schools, you'll have bachelor's through post-doctoral options, though graduate programs are often most common.

What Are Three Top Biochemistry Schools?

Rockefeller University (RU) in New York, NY

RU was tied as 32nd among best global biochemistry and biology schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2019 ( As an RU student, the school fully funds all doctoral candidates and allows you to join your mentor's lab or rotate among the others available. The unique lab-based program keeps class work to a minimum. RU hosts interdisciplinary research centers, including the Pels Family Center for Biochemistry and Structural Biology. Major clinical initiatives include the Tri-Institutional Stem Cell Initiative with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell University's Weill College of Medicine. These schools also collaborate with RU to offer a combined Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy program with full tuition and stipends. RU offers these biochemistry degrees:

  • Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry

University of California in San Francisco, CA (UCSF)

In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked UCSF tied for fourth in the chemistry specialty of biochemistry and tied for fifth in the biological sciences specialty of biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology in the publication's top science graduate schools list.

You can earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology through TETRAD, a joint admissions process with eight affiliated departments. UCSF has multiple medical facilities, including the UCSF Medical Center, a Cell Culture Facility, a biomedical resource facility focused on protein research and over 60 research centers including the Center for Structures of Membrane Proteins.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (TETRAD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences (BMS)

University of Wisconsin (UWisc) in Madison, WI

In U.S. News & World Report's 2018 best graduate schools rankings, UWisc was tied for eighth place in the chemistry specialty of biochemistry. UWisc operates the UW Hospital, UW Health Clinics, a children's hospital and a cancer center. The Department of Biochemistry maintains specialized research facilities including the National Magnetic Resonance Facility funded by the federal National Institutes of Health, the Biochemistry TEM Facility and the Biophysics Instrumentation Facility. These biochemistry degrees are available:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  • Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry

More Top Biochemistry Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition (2018-2019)*
University of California--Berkeley4-year, PublicBerkeley, CA$14,000
Scripps Research InstituteGraduate Research, PrivateLa Jolla, CAN/A
Harvard University4-year, PrivateBoston, MA$47,000
Stanford University4-year, PrivateStaford, CA$51,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology4-year, PrivateCambridge, MA$55,000
Yale University4-year, PrivateNew Haven, CT$42,000
California Institute of Technology4-year, PrivatePasadena, CA$52,000
Johns Hopkins University4-year, PrivateBaltimore, MD$56,000
University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterGraduate Research, PublicDallas, TX$7,000
University of Michigan--Ann Arbor4-year, PublicAnn Arbor, MI$23,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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