Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of living systems. Biochemists use of principles of general chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry to understand biological systems. We study the structures of the various classes of biomolecules, 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 Majors

Ohio Wesleyan offers two distinct majors in chemistry to meet the educational and career goals of students.

  • Basic Biochemistry provides great depth in the biochemical aspects of chemistry and prepares students to enter graduate programs in chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology, or to enter the chemical industry.
  • ACS-Certified Biochemistry meets the recommendations of the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. Students completing the major will be certified by the American Chemical Society, which is 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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Madeleine Sorrick ’19

After graduating, Madeleine was accepted into the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. While at OWU, Madeleine participated in a Travel-Learning Course comparing the national health care systems in the U.S. and Europe and conducted summer research on songbirds and on biochemistry.


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