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.

  • B.A. Biochemistry. The Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry is for students who wish to obtain a biochemistry background that is ancillary to another major or area of interest. This major requires sufficient breadth and depth in biochemistry while still providing flexibility in choice of courses in order to meet students’ needs and interests. This major is appropriate for students intending to pursue careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, secondary school teaching, industrial sales, or other fields, such as graduate work in molecular biology, that benefit from a biochemistry background. The B.A. Biochemistry major is not intended for students planning to pursue graduate work in biochemistry or a professional career as an industrial biochemist.
  • B.S. Biochemistry. The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is for students intending to pursue professional careers in the biochemical industry or graduate work in biochemistry or other fields such as molecular biology, immunology, or microbiology. This major is also appropriate for students intending to pursue careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, secondary school teaching, industrial sales, or other fields that require a solid biochemistry background, but who want a more developed major than that offered by the B.A. Biochemistry major.
  • ACS-Certified Biochemistry. This major meets the recommendations of the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. This major will no longer accept new students after December 18, 2020.

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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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Chair: Katherine Thomas
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 362
740-368-3526
klthomas@owu.edu

Academic Assistant: Judy Arlington
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201
740-368-3907
jaarlington@owu.edu