Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of living systems. In a very real sense, biochemistry involves the use of principles of general chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry applied to the understanding of biological systems. We study the structures of the various classes of biomolecules (such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids), how their activity is affected by their structures, and how they interact with one another in an incredibly complex and dynamic array of metabolic processes that transfer, store, and release energy to meet the needs of the organism.

About the Major

This major meets the recommendations of the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. Students completing the major will be certified by the American Chemical Society. ACS-certified majors are particularly attractive to industry. With the more extensive curricular development of this major, students are also better prepared for graduate study in chemistry and biochemistry and for industrial research. This major is strongly recommended for students pursuing a career in biochemistry.

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David Gatz '11

After majoring in Biochemistry at OWU, David was a Rhodes Scholar semifinalist and moved on to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3907
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Chair: Heather Grunkemeyer
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 260
740-368-3534
hjgrunke@owu.edu

Secretary: Kathy Boger
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201
740-368-3907
kmboger@owu.edu