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Type of Degree: Major

Biochemistry is the study of living organisms and their biological processes. You will study macromolecules such as carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins. Students interested in both chemistry and biology can find a great compromise with a major that bridges the gap between the two and overlaps molecular biology and genetics as well. Practice research techniques, understand data interpretation, and dig deeper into an exciting field of science.


Medical School Fast Track

Through an agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, five spots in medical school are reserved each year for qualified Heidelberg students to directly enroll in the program.

To learn more about LECOM, click here.

Chem Club

Heidelberg’s Chem Club is part of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliate. The club sponsors events that provide chemistry and biochemistry students with professional experience. Every year, the club takes trips to laboratories, graduates schools, and the National American Chemical Society Conference. Heidelberg's Chem Club has won the Outstanding Award from ACS for the past three years - the only private college in Ohio to do so. 

Labs and Equipment

At Heidelberg we value a hands-on approach, which is why we let students actually run all of our instruments. When our graduates look for careers, they are able to list experience with a number of instruments on their resume which is not common at undergraduate institutions. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has several discipline-specific labs that contain specialized equipment to facilitate learning and research. All labs are equipped with standard safety features including safety showers, eyewash stations, fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, and hoods. These labs employ upper-class student workers as teaching assistants and chemistry student assistants. 

Meet the Faculty

Our students say the best part of Heidelberg is working with their professors. Meet the faculty of this department. 

Careers in Biochemistry

There are many different paths you can take when you graduate from Heidelberg with a degree in biochemistry. Some of our students seek jobs right after graduation while others enter graduate programs in both biochemistry and biochemistry-related fields. You could also pursue other professional fields such as medicine, pharmacy, engineering, or business. 

What kinds of jobs are out there? You can find biochemistry majors holding a variety of jobs including crime lab analyst, biochemist, molecular biologist, pharmaceutical researcher, physician, forensic scientist, and biotechnologist. 


Heidelberg biochemistry majors have an outstanding record of success with a 100% placement rate within six months of graduation last year. This included both employment and graduate school, which included schools like Brown University and the University of Cincinnati. 


Our biochemistry curriculum fulfills 80% of the requirements for medical school. View the biochemistry major requirements. For a more detailed academic schedule, or to ask questions about any of our majors, contact the Admission Office at or 419-448-2330.

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