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Department of

Biochemistry


Study life on the molecular level. 

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Biochemistry

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More than Memorization

Beloit College’s biochemistry program is unique in the nation. With a degree in biochemistry from Beloit, you will learn to understand—not memorize—the basis for the biological revolution occurring in our world. Stem cells, cloning, telomeres, aging, gene therapy—these are the issues facing biochemists and molecular biologists today. 

Our hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum ask students to develop their own understanding and to communicate it to others to create a deeper knowledge of the chemical basis for biological processes.

Learning and Doing

Our goal is for students to do what biochemists actually do. Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary field supported by the biology and chemistry departments. Students use sophisticated techniques and instruments in both departments to develop a molecular understanding of biomolecules and biomolecular processes.

Biochemistry students develop necessary skills for employment and further education and training in pharmacy, medicine, biology, chemistry, and biochemistry. Biochemists are key members of interdisciplinary teams in medicine, environmental research, and biotechnology.

More than 90 percent go on for an advanced degree, not only the M.D. or Ph.D., but for M.B.A. and law degrees as well. Our graduates become doctors and researchers in academia, government, and industry, and they also go on to become lawyers, investment bankers, political advisors, and business executives.

Ian Jacobs’22

Life Altering Biometrics and Infectious Diseases

Ian Jacobs’22 had a general interest in biology when he arrived at Beloit College. As a sports fan, he also loved statistics and data analysis. A biometrics class in his third semester inspired him to bring his interests together to study infectious diseases.

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Mark Anderson’17

From Physics to Food Safety in a Candy Factory

Mark Anderson’17 graduated from Beloit College as a physics major, but much as he liked the brain work involved, he wanted a career where the impact on people would be more immediately clear. Today he works in food safety at Badger Murphy.

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