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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. 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. 

Hands-on, inquiry-based experiences 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 majors become doctors and researchers in academia, government, and industry, and they also go on to become lawyers, investment bankers, political advisors, and business executives.

Bobby Harris’08 is site director for an innovative center that provides shelter and care for people with Covid.

Meeting People Where They Are

Bobby Harris’08 is part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team serving Baltimore’s most vulnerable citizens during the pandemic. He was drawn to public health as a way of fighting social injustice.

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Shanna Dell’10 opted to take a clinical post during the pandemic so she could care for sick people the way she would want to be treated.

Fighting Covid on Multiple Fronts

Public health professional Shanna Dell’10 typically works with nurse-centered HIV pre-exposure prevention, but Covid has changed everything. In her new roles, she’s taking inspiration from fellow nurses who were working with HIV patients long before the disease’s transmission was understood.

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