Biochemistry

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.

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Chem Club
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. 

Proven Success

Heidelberg biochemistry majors have an outstanding record of success, which includes both employment and graduate school.

100%
biochemistry major placement six months after graduation
84%
placement rate into medical schools
3x
Chem Club earned an Outstanding Award from ACS
Dani was accepted into Brown University for a five-year chemistry Ph.D. program to work on inorganic projects with an environmental impact.
Dani Blum '17

Based on the education Heidelberg gave me, I grew confident in my ability to solve problems. I learned how to be an independent researcher.

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Chem lab
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. 

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Nate Beres with student
Meet the Faculty

One of the best part of Heidelberg is getting to know and working with your professors. You'll be supported and challenged as you develop skills and experiences centered around research you're interested in. 

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. 

Courses

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

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