Undergraduate Major

Biochemistry (BS)

Explore the dynamic interface between biology and chemistry when you major in biochemistry. From a rigorous foundation in the sciences, you'll complete cutting-edge research and explore the world around you analytically and creatively.

Biochemistry Student

Program Overview

The biochemistry major explores the cross-disciplinary link between the natural world and artificial chemical processes. You'll develop analytical and critical-thinking skills to explore your unique interests across this broad field.

Your education begins in small, rigorous classes and labs where you'll train in the theoretical and practical aspects of biology, chemistry, and their interconnections. Your professors will serve as your mentors, providing individualized attention while getting to know your personal and professional goals.

You'll get involved in research as early as your freshman year, collaborating with distinguished faculty members on diverse projects. You'll even have the chance to present your findings at professional conferences. 

Supported by professors with vibrant industry connections, you'll graduate with strong, marketable skills and distinguished research projects that will set you on the inside track in a range of medical, industrial, and academic careers.

Program Options

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Widener's pre-professional pathways give you the flexibility to follow your interests while preparing for a professional career.

Biochemistry majors can participate in the following pathways:

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Admissions Requirements

The biochemistry major is open to those incoming freshmen who meet the following criteria: minimum math and verbal SAT score of 1170 (with math score greater than 620) and GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Transfer students or students enrolled at Widener in another major should consult the biochemistry chair about pursuing the biochemistry major.

Program Highlights

After training in the foundations of chemistry, cellular and molecular biology, and the unique principles of biochemistry, you'll tailor your research and elective courses to focus on the biological or chemical aspects of the discipline.

Biochemistry Research Presentation

Extensive Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate research is the hallmark of a biochemistry education at Widener. You'll have the opportunity to get involved in research as early as your freshman year, presenting your work at local and national conferences and co-authoring publications in peer-reviewed journals. Join the summer research program to even further your studies.

Biomedical Engineering Student Faculty Research

Distinguished Faculty Mentors

Biochemistry faculty come from a wide variety of backgrounds but are all recognized as experts in their fields, presenting and publishing research locally and nationally and serving on national boards. Their areas of research include genetics, cancer biology, developmental biology, bioanalytical chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, physiology, obesity and longevity studies, and more.

Biochemistry Green Seal

Sustainable, State-of-the-Art Laboratories

You'll have access to professional-grade instrumentation in both biology and chemistry labs. Additionally, the sciences at Widener operate under Green Chemistry principles, so you'll always be working with sustainability in mind. In fact, Widener was the first institution in Pennsylvania to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment in 2014.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

A diverse range of professors with varied research interests will expose you to many unique industries and careers in biochemistry. Some faculty members have worked in industrial positions prior to joining academia and all do undergraduate research with students and publish in peer-reviewed journals.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • DuPont
  • GSK
  • Merck
  • FMC
  • Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Health professions
  • Forensic science
  • Toxicology
  • Genetics
  • Clinical research science

Industry Growth

Employment in life and physical science careers is expected to increase 10% from 2016-2026 as the demand for expertise in the sciences grows, particularly in biomedical research and energy management.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Grad & Medical Schools

Grads have attended:

  • RWJ Medical School-Princeton Univ.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Univ. of Delaware
  • Temple Univ.

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