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.

Grace Scott’22 in her film Grenadine

Grace Scott’22 selected to present at prestigious international dance film festival

Grace Scott, who graduated magna cum laude with a biochemistry major this past May, had her dance film Grenadine chosen from among the scores of submissions to the very prestigious ADF Movies by Movers Festival in North Carolina. The curated film festival happens yearly at the American Dance Festival, an internationally-renowned festival in Durham, NC. ADF is known for hosting performances and residencies of internationally-celebrated dancers and the most talented emerging artists, and for offering intensives and training programs for professionals and students throughout the year. Grace’s film was distinguished as one of only 10 student films selected for this year’s festival and will be screened on July 9 in Durham, NC, at 3:30 p.m. at the Durham County Main Library.

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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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