Biochemists study the molecules of life: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. A B.A. degree in biochemistry prepares a student for employment in a private or government research laboratory; medical, dental, veterinary or law school; a position in a biotechnology or other scientific firm; or graduate study and research in both basic and applied sciences. The B.A. degree requires fewer advanced science courses than the B.S., allowing students room to gain more breadth by pairing their biochemistry studies with a minor or emphasis outside the sciences.