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In addition to a liberal arts core curriculum, Biochemistry majors prepare for careers in science by completing a rigorous course load that blends advanced studies with plenty of lab experience. Biochemistry combines a strong understanding of chemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, and physics.
Requirements for a major in Biochemistry.
Student Success
of Marietta College’s Biochemistry graduates since 2020 were employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduating
national average for mid-career salary
Biochemistry students sitting on a couch

Student Success

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One of the more remarkable outcomes from the 2022-23 academic year comes from the Biochemistry Department. Faculty and staff in the department hosted an intimate celebration this semester to mark a milestone that they hope repeats year after year.

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Professor Kevin Pate points to a chalkboard during a Biochemistry class.
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Professor Suzanne Parsons and a Biochemistry student looking at a laptop while sitting at a picnic table outdoors.
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What You’ll Learn

With biochemistry, you will study the chemistry of living organisms, an ideal starting point for a career in research or a health-related field. You will work with professors from the department and design an individual capstone research project in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Our laboratories are well equipped with the latest technology and instrumentation, everything from a modern molecular biology lab and student research lab to a networked Fourier-transform infrared spectrophotometer and gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer.

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Marietta College has a strong history of students earning internships through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) — giving them valuable experience working on national and international research projects.

Outstanding Biochemistry majors are inducted into Beta Beta Beta, the national honor society. Marietta’s Iota chapter is the sixth oldest chapter in the nation. Additionally, majors are eligible for induction into Gamma Sigma Epsilon, the academic honorary for Biochemisty and Chemistry majors. Biochemistry majors may also earn an American Chemical Society Certified degree.

The American Chemical Society — Student Affiliates has an active group on campus that brings guest speakers to Marietta to meet with Chemistry and Biochemistry majors about career development. This group also organizes site visits to chemical companies, and performs service projects such as tutoring, magic shows, and fundraisers.

 Outcomes — Graduate Programs
  • Purdue University — Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Cincinnati — Medical School
  • Marietta College — Physician Assistant Studies
  • Ohio University — Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Nebraska — Ph.D. in Biochemistry
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University — Pharmacy
  • University of Pittsburgh — Biomedical Engineering
Outcomes — Internships
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • University of North Carolina
Outcomes — Professions
  • Vice President — ELPROOutcomes
  • Senior Director of Clinical Research — Genzyme Corporation
  • Chemist Supervisor — GOJO Industries
  • Obstetrician/Gynecologist — Ohio Health
  • Optometrist — Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Regional Director — SW Ohio Hunger Alliance



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What should I expect in Marietta's Biochemistry courses?

Biochemistry majors learn how to solve problems through science and math. A strong background in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology is important to successfully advancing any Biochemistry project to the next level.

Will I be required to complete an internship to graduate?

No, but we encourage all our students to explore the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program through the National Sciences Foundation (NSF). The staff in our Career Center are here to help you explore these opportunities, as well as our faculty.

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Can I study abroad as a Biochemistry major?

Yes! We encourage our students to have a well-rounded undergraduate education experience, including study abroad. Given the high course load associated with the Biochemistry major, students planning to study abroad should make a plan for graduating with the necessary credits.

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What scholarship opportunities might be available?

Marietta College offers competitive aid packages, which include institutional scholarships. We also encourage students to compete for one of our premiere scholarships, which could provide full tuition. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students.


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