Biochemistry takes you back to the basics—studying living organisms from the perspective of the trillions of molecules that make them up. By drilling down to the most basic units, you can better understand things like the causes of diseases, the impact of food on our bodies and the influence of chemicals on the environment. At Gordon, you can opt to study biochemistry through the Chemistry Department (which focuses more on molecular design, enzyme kinetics and physical chemistry) or the Biology Department (which focuses more on metabolic pathways and cellular systems).
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.
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:
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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:
Take your biochemistry studies into a new context through short-term and semester-long programs around the globe.
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.