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Biochemistry

Infuse chemistry with molecular biology to prepare for a career in medicine, agriculture, biotechnology or the environment. Maybe you’re interested in determining the causes of diseases, analyzing the impact of nutrition and pharmaceutical drugs on cells in the body, or identifying the effects of pollutants on wildlife. Through the biochemistry major and/or biochemistry concentration within the chemistry major, you’ll explore how our bodies and our physical world work.

Why study biochemistry at Gordon?

Boston is a hub for innovation in the sciences, and Gordon’s prime location on the North Shore offers unparalleled opportunities for immersive research and internship experiences. You’ll develop a full complement of lab skills as you work with expert faculty in our growing state-of-the-art spaces, and join in our pioneering work in the field of green chemistry—meaning sustainable chemistry that is safe for humans and the environment. 

What careers can I pursue with a biochemistry major or concentration?

Biochemists excel in problem-solving and analytical thinking, conducting experiments and analyzing results with precision and accuracy. They also tend to be strong communicators, collaborators and leaders—important traits in any field, including:

  • Research
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Teaching
  • Public health
  • Pharmacy
  • Medicine

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HEAR FROM A GRAD

Molly Enright

Molly Enright ’15

Program Manager, Beyond Benign

“The mentoring relationships with the faculty, especially the chemistry faculty and my research advisor Dr. Jennifer Noseworthy, really encouraged me to really ask myself what I am interested in and to pursue those things, even when it wasn't easy. Performing independent research challenged me to take responsibility for my own learning and investigate how I can use my interests to solve real problems.” Hear from others ➔

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As a biochemistry major, you’ll have a foot in the world of biology and another in the world of chemistry. In both spaces, you’ll find a close-knit community that gathers regularly for both scholarly and fun events. 

Many students also choose to participate in other opportunities outside the classroom:

Global Opportunities

Take your biochemistry studies into a new context through short-term and semester-long programs around the globe.

Related Programs

It’s common for biochemistry students to add a minor in environmental studies or a second major (or minor) in biology, chemistry, math or physics. Others may take advantage of the wide range of programs offered through Gordon’s liberal arts curriculum and pursue additional studies in a non-science field, such as business or pre-law. 

Interested?

For more information, contact:

Irv Levy
Department of Chemistry Chair
irv.levy@gordon.edu
chemistry@gordon.edu

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