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.S. degree requires additional advanced electives, allowing students to gain more depth in their science studies where they work to master the theoretical and applied aspects of biochemistry.