Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Admission inquiries
Office of Admission 800-331-7896

To inquire about this program, contact:
Dr. David McShaffrey
or Dr. Kevin Pate

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If you're interested in both biology and chemistry, Marietta's Biochemistry major allows you to combine those interests. With biochemistry, you'll study the chemistry of living organisms -- an ideal starting point for a career in research or a health-related field. And since the major spans two departments, you'll be able to work on individual research projects with professors from both biology and chemistry. Biochemistry majors complete a capstone experience in either the biology or chemistry departments, usually working on a hands-on research project that they design in collaboration with a faculty mentor. These projects help prepare students for the types of research they may later find themselves doing in graduate school.


With the opening of the new $10 million Rickey Science Center, the chemistry and biology laboratories are well equipped with the latest technology and instrumentation; everything from a modern cell and molecular biology lab and student research lab to a networked Fourier-transform infrared spectrophotometer and gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer.

click to expandRequirements for Major

The Biochemistry major gives you a thorough education in the fundamentals of biology and chemistry research. You'll take:

  • Calculus I
  • Modern Physics I and II
  • Modern Biology
  • Introductory Biology Laboratory I
  • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • General Chemistry I and II
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I and II
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Elective courses in cell biology, genetics, general microbiology, and immunology
  • Senior Capstone Course: Biology Library Research and Biology Research, or Directed Research and Independent Study in Chemistry

click to expandPlaces a Degree Can Take You


As a biochemistry major, you're able to take advantage of the internship resources that both Marietta's Biology and Chemistry Departments provide. You can work with chemical companies in the region like DuPont, GE Plastics, Chevron, and Hoffmann-LaRoche, or engage in research at major universities and government laboratories. Participation in Marietta's Rounds Program, where students follow physicians on hospital rounds, is also an option.

Clubs & Organizations

The Chemistry Department sponsors Marietta's chapter of the American Chemical Society -- Student Affiliates. The club brings guest speakers to campus to talk with chemistry majors about career development; organizes field trips to local chemical companies; and performs service projects such as tutoring, magic shows, and fundraisers.

Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society, encourages scholarship and research, and selects its members from outstanding students in biology. Marietta's Iota chapter is the sixth oldest chapter in the nation.

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Follow the bios below to find out more about our faculty.

Derek Howe '15

Kim Keesler

click to expandScholarship Opportunities

The Hohman Scholarship Fund is given to a second- or third-year chemistry or biochemistry major based on his or her performance in introductory chemistry courses.