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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Science Division
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 323
    • tel: 610-499-4002
    • fax: 610-499-4496
  • Shirley Fischer-Drowos


Why Widener?

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Hands-on Learning

Biochemistry classroom instruction includes opportunities for hands-on learning. Students develop an awareness of the unique principles of the sciences in a supportive environment that fosters problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and independence. They become part of the learning dynamic and are prepared for graduate school, medical school, or industry.

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Research Opportunities

Students who enroll in the biochemistry undergraduate program complete a senior research project with distinguished faculty, giving them the opportunity to present their findings at national conferences and symposia. This experience allows students to stand out when entering careers upon graduation because they have demonstrated the ability to collaborate, think critically, and problem solve throughout the research process.

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Culture of Sustainability

The Widener biochemistry faculty includes some of the leading researchers in the field of sustainability and organic chemistry. Many of the department’s labs feature green experiments, and students, as future scientists, are encouraged to consider how they will meet the needs of the current society without compromising future generations. Widener became the first Pennsylvania institution to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment in 2014.

  • alysha e. moretti
  • amanda c. raimer
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Alysha E. Moretti


I chose Widener because of the small class size and individual attention I could receive. In the small niche of the biochemistry department, students and faculty build incredible relationships that immensely benefit the entire experience of undergraduate education— learning, networking, developing post-graduate plans, etc.  

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Amanda C. Raimer


I knew I liked science, and I thought that the biochemistry curriculum would allow me to take a variety of classes and learn about more topics. This major helped me to discover exactly what kind of science career I wanted to pursue after graduation, while at the same time giving me a well-rounded education.

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Green Chemistry

Widener is the first university in the state of Pennsylvania to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment. Learn more about the chemistry program at Widener and what the agreement means for students and faculty.

Potential Careers

  • Biochemist
  • Doctor
  • Pharmacist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Biomedical research scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Geneticist
  • Clinical research scientist
  • College professor

Recent Employers, Graduate Schools, and Medical Programs

  • DuPont
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Princeton University, MD/PhD program
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, PhD program in biomedical sciences
  • University of Delaware, PhD program in biology
  • Rutgers University, PhD program in chemistry
  • Temple University, PhD program in medicinal chemistry
  • Temple University School of Medicine, MD program
  • University of East Stroudsburg, MS program in biology