Students in this rapidly growing field apply biological and chemical theories and techniques to the understanding of life processes.

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Biochemists find inspiration at the intersection of life and science

You'll explore concepts such as the determination of hereditary traits, utilization of energy, propagation of nerve signals, and the molecular basis of physiological and pharmacological phenomena.

Biochemists work in industries like agriculture, medical research, biotechnology and nutritional research. Our students go on to positions in research and industry, as well as graduate study in biochemistry, medicine, genetics and other related fields.

The biochemistry major combines aspects of chemistry and biology to prepare our students for careers and graduate study in science and technology. Your advisor will help you tailor a program of study that fits your interests and career goals. This might include a dual major, accelerated program or a complementary minor.

We believe that students need both theoretical and practical experience as preparation for biochemistry careers. Biochemistry majors do their independent study research either in chemistry with a thesis and an oral defense (CHEM 355) or in biology (BIOL 350). If registered for CHEM 355, biochemistry majors must also register for CHEM 390 Chemistry Seminar.

Recent senior theses in Biochemistry include:

  • Zun Zar Chi Naing '14
    "Transcranial Ultrasound-Optical Transmission Correlation"
  • Vera Alexandra Kirch '14
    "Analysis of Zcchc6 uridyltransferase activity on microRNA regulation and cytokine expression using TALEN and CRISPR-Cas9 systems"


So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

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Student Story

I always believed that Simmons University would be the perfect fit for me. When I first visited the campus for Orientation, the staff and faculty were very welcoming and made me feel like I was home.

Our Faculty

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Rich Gurney

  • Professor and Co-Chair of the Chemistry and Physics Department
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Nancy Lee

  • Professor and Co-Chair of the Chemistry and Physics Department