Geneva College



Biochemistry Major

Chemistry, Math and Physics DepartmentThe Biochemistry major prepares students to study living organisms at the molecular level. Often referred to as the chemistry of life, biochemistry asks how the remarkable properties of organisms relate to their molecules. Biochemists study the relationship between structure and function of biomolecules, chemical reactions of organisms (metabolism) and communication within and among organisms.

As a result of these studies, biochemists have developed a better understanding life at the molecular level, and thereby have developed better medicines and helped cure diseases. At Geneva College, the biochemistry major includes classes in both chemistry and biology to develop a broad understanding of life at the molecular level. Biochemistry students are well prepared for basic and applied research, medical and allied health schools, and related fields such as pharmacology.

Why study biochemistry at Geneva College?

  • The chemistry department has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1958. The Biochemistry major is also approved by the ACS.
  • Biochemistry draws upon expertise in both the Biology and Chemistry departments.
  • Research opportunities during the school year and summer.
  • The departments of Biology and Chemistry are jointly “adopting”  the Pedobacter heparinus bacterial genome to investigate.  This project will provide many opportunities for biochemical research. The bacterial adoption is in conjunction with the Department of Energy.  Geneva College was only one of 20 institutions nationwide to be awarded a genome in a competitive application process.
  • Our biochemistry students have had success after graduation.
    • graduate studies at Duquesne University, Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt
    • jobs with Merck Chemical and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

Classes you will take

  • General College Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry I & II
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology

What can I do with a biochemistry degree?

  • Graduate work in biochemistry, chemistry, toxicology, pharmacy, and related fields.
  • Medical and veterinary schools and health-related fields
  • Pharmaceutical and chemistry industrial jobs


Point of Excellence

Among a recent sampling of chemistry graduates, 83% were able to work in an internship or research experience during college years, and 100% had employment in their field or were accepted into graduate school within three months of graduation.

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March 21, 2014
Geneva Chemistry Society accepting soil test samples
100 lawn or garden soil samples submitted by Apr. 2 will be accepted for analysis.
March 3, 2014
Geneva supports STEM education through MATHCOUNTS
Eighty sixth, seventh and eighth graders came to campus to compete in the national mathematics competition.
June 30, 2014
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November issue of @Geneva
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October 24, 2014
STEM Day for prospective students
Those interested in science, technology, engineering or math programs are invited to a special visit event on Fri., Oct. 24.