Biochemistry is the study of life on a molecular level. 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. 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.
Students majoring biochemistry may choose to receive the Bachelor of Science degree rather than the Bachelor of Arts degree by completing a minimum of 4 units in biology, computer science, geology, mathematics, and/or physics.
Students intending to pursue graduate school need:
Mathematics 110 or 113 and 115.
Physics 101 and 102.
At least one summer or semester full-time research experience.
Beloit College is approved by the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, for the undergraduate professional training of biochemists. In addition to fulfilling the major requirements, a student interested in earning ACS degree certification is required to complete:
Chemistry 240 or 245.
Chemistry 150 or 250.
One additional 300-level chemistry course with laboratory work.
A research internship with a comprehensive written report.