What Is Biochemistry – And Where Will it Take You?

Biochemistry is the study of the processes that occur at the molecular level in living organisms.

A degree in biochemistry from Elon provides an in-depth, interdisciplinary foundation in chemistry and biology that’s critical to understanding these processes. Our graduates are prepared for medical or dental school, graduate studies in biochemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry or molecular biology, and careers in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries.

Administered by the Department of Chemistry, Elon’s biochemistry degree is offered in a three-tiered structure.

  • Foundational courses are taken in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.
  • Intermediate courses in biochemistry, genetics and organic chemistry provide in-depth knowledge.
  • Advanced electives in biochemistry, biology and chemistry allow students flexibility in tailoring a curriculum to fit their post baccalaureate goals.

The major culminates in a capstone experience focusing on an advanced topic in biochemistry coupled with the creation of a scientific research proposal.

Biochemistry majors have access to state-of-the-art technology and put their knowledge into practice through internships and/or undergraduate research. Biochemical research opportunities may be offered by faculty in the Department of Biology, the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Physics. We encourage and support our undergraduate researchers in presenting their results at local, regional and national scientific meetings.

To learn more about Elon’s biochemistry program, contact Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry Joel Karty.