Biochemistry Major

Biochemistry is the study of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids and the processes of these molecules in the body.

How do academics, faith and friendships with professors come together in the classrooms and labs at Northwestern?  


As a rapidly developing and relatively new discipline within the sciences, biochemistry intersects with physiology, medicine, cell biology, genetics, and more.

In recent years the pace of biochemical discovery has accelerated due to the profound transformation wrought by recombinant DNA technology.

Biochemistry is quite possibly one of the most immediately useful bachelor's degrees in the sciences. Students may choose to enter the work force or pursue graduate degrees or professional training.

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What classes will I take?

  • Biochemistry I and II
  • Biotechnology lab
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Fun Physics


What can I do with this major?

  • Biochemist
  • Environmental researcher
  • Lab technician
  • Medical School
  • Public health official
  • Research assistant
  • Teacher