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, 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

The Basic Biochemistry major 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.


Graduate Outcomes

Evan Bai '11

A Biochemistry major at OWU, Evan is now a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University. In December 2015, his research on how benign brain tumors become malignant was published in "Nature Genetics," the most prestigious research journal in genetics.


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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
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Secretary: Kathy Boger
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