Beyond the surface of each living organism is a complex network that keeps it alive and functioning. Biochemistry is the study of life processes. It uses the techniques of chemistry and physics to help students understand the inner workings of all organisms.
The biochemistry program is hands on and lab focused. “I’m a big believer in ‘you learn science by doing science,’ and I think that philosophy carries through to my majors,” says Professor Steven Romberger.
4-Year Undergraduate Degree
About the Program
Biochemistry is flexible and hands-on; it uses the techniques of chemistry and physics to understand biology. Students take coursework in not only biochemistry but also biology, chemistry, and physics.
Eventually, students will study in upper-level biochemistry courses, where they will do the following:
- Examining case studies
- Reading scientific literature
- Analyzing real data
- Designing and performing experiments
Successful Hiram biochemistry students are curious, hard-working and engaged, starting research early in the program. First-year students quickly join a professor’s lab, where they invoke critical thinking and imaginative problem solving. Students can work with faculty on independent research as early as their first year, and paid opportunities are available each summer.
Image: Student studying in lab
Biochemistry majors go many directions after graduation. Recent alumni have attended medical school, veterinary school, or pharmacy school. Many others have entered graduate school to earn their Ph.D. Others have decided to immediately enter the workforce, where they work for laboratories in the pharmaceutical, medical, and biotechnology fields. Still others are doing research for non-profit organizations or working in government or academic labs.
“Even though I didn’t fully realize my passion in science communication until after I graduated from Hiram, my experiences there laid the foundation and gave me the skills to succeed in this field.”
Image: Biochemistry students
Ways to Get involved
Chemistry club is a group for anyone with interest and respect for the field of chemistry, regardless of major. Activities include bringing speakers to campus, internship workshops for those interested in chemistry research, preparing for graduate school in the physical sciences and an annual mole day celebration every October 23.