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Department of

Biochemistry


The study of life on a 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.

Meshach Roberts ’19, holding a small weight in one of the physical therapy rooms at Athletico in Belvidere, IL at the start of his summer OPT training.

Spanish & physical therapy

A study abroad experience in Ecuador is now helping Meshach Roberts’19 in his work with Athletico.

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Chemistry major Sarah Farr’19 shoots a handheld X-Ray fluorescence analyzer at a painting in the Wright Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

Art and Science

Chemistry and art history students learned to appreciate the overlap of art and science when they collaborated on projects that focused on the Wright Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

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