Biochemistry Degree

Beyond the surface of each living organism is a complex network that keeps it alive and functioning, and biochemistry is the study of these life processes. It uses the techniques of chemistry and physics to help students understand the inner workings of all organisms.

The biochemistry degree 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

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About Our Northeast Ohio Biochemistry Degree Program

Biochemistry Degree Program Summary

Biochemistry is flexible and hands-on; it uses the techniques of chemistry and physics to understand biology. Students who pursue a biochemistry degree at Hiram College are challenged in coursework that encompasses biochemistry, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Eventually, students will study in upper-level biochemistry courses, where they will begin: 

  • Examining case studies 
  • Reading scientific literature 
  • Analyzing real data 
  • Designing and performing experiments 

Successful Hiram biochemistry major students are curious, hard-working and engaged, starting research early in the program. First-year students of our biochemistry degree program 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.

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Career Paths with a Biochemistry Degree

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 nonprofit organizations or working in government or academic labs. Specific career paths of those who earn their biochemistry degree may include professions such as:

  • Physician
  • Surgeon
  • Pharmacist
  • Dentist
  • Optometrist
  • Clinical laboratory technician
  • Chemist
  • Biological scientist
  • Registered nurse
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Health services manager
Claire McCarthy

CLAIRE MCCARTHY ’11 | Biochemistry Major


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.”

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Ways to Get involved

Students enrolled in the biochemistry degree, as well as other areas of study, are encouraged to seek out opportunities that will connect them with other students and faculty within their program.

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.

In addition to the chemistry club, Hiram offers more than 25 additional registered clubs and organizations for students to get involved with outside of the classroom. Our club offerings include academic societies, cultural groups, sports clubs, political action groups, and special-interest groups, all designed to give students the ability to explore their interests, expand their skill sets, and make the most of their time on campus.

A Versatile Degree with Endless Opportunities

This program is designed to equip students with in-depth knowledge of the field of biochemistry, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Through Hiram’s pragmatic approach to learning and various on campus and virtual engagement opportunities, our faculty will give students the foundation they need to succeed outside of the classroom.

Earn Your Biochemistry Degree at Hiram College

Hiram College is an excellent choice for those looking to earn a biochemistry degree in northeast Ohio. Located in the quiet village of Hiram, Ohio, and just a short drive from Akron, Youngstown, and Cleveland, our stunning campus benefits both from its tranquil surroundings and the hustle and bustle of its neighboring cities.

Whether you are considering a biochemistry degree or a completely different area of study, Hiram has something great to offer you. Our standout 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and enhanced learning partnerships are just a few of the benefits to consider. Students enrolled at Hiram can also enjoy:

  • Plenty of opportunities for extended education, such as graduate studies and study abroad programs
  • Helpful student resources such as the Career Center
  • Campus-based leadership and service opportunities
  • A culturally diverse student body focused on inclusion

Students who join the Hiram community will learn invaluable skill sets and gain critical knowledge needed to succeed in their biochemistry degree and beyond.

Take the Next Step Toward a Biochemistry Degree in Northeast Ohio Today

Hiram College is your destination for a biochemistry degree in northeast Ohio. To get underway in the program, visit our application page.

Questions regarding our program offerings, campus life, or application process can be directed to our admissions team. Our priorities lie in helping students find a path that suits and excites them, which is why we encourage students to reach out for more information if needed.

Whether you are looking to pursue a biochemistry degree, or a different program, we want to make sure you are equipped to succeed within our community. We look forward to discussing life at Hiram with you!

Biochemistry Degree Faculty

Elizabeth Jacobs

Elizabeth Jacobs

Administrative Assistant to the School of Science and Technology and the School of Health, Education, Sustainability & Society

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