Undergraduate Major

Biochemistry Major (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

For a complete list of application requirements, check out our How to Apply page. 

Seeking admission to the fall freshman class? If you haven't taken the SAT or ACT, no worries! Widener offers a test-optional admissions process

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Applying to Widener is easy—and free! Simply complete our Widener Application or the Common Application. You'll also need your official high school transcript and either an admissions essay or your SAT/ACT scores. We're a test-optional school, so there's no need to submit both.

Know you're interested in applying to Widener but unsure if you're ready to zero-in on a major? You can apply as an Exploratory Studies student with an undecided major. This program will help you start your college journey on the right foot while you explore which undergraduate program is the right fit for you.

When to Apply​

We accept applications on a rolling basis—there are no hard deadlines. Apply when you're ready and we'll take a look as soon as we receive your app. 

Key dates to keep in mind:​

  • October 1: FAFSA opens for the next academic year (Widener's school code is 003313)​
  • November 1: Early Action deadline and decision notifications begin​

What to Expect After Applying​

Once we receive your application and all materials, you can expect to hear back from us quickly. Along with your application decision, you'll also find out about any merit-based scholarship awards. You're automatically considered for merit scholarships as soon as you apply—you don't need to apply separately.

Learn more about the application process

If you apply before November 1, you are considered an Early Action applicant which comes with benefits like:

  • Receiving your admissions decision by Thanksgiving
  • Early consideration for merit-based scholarships
  • Early notification of financial aid offers, including need-based awards
  • Priority enrollment for summer registration—where you sign up for classes!

All applications are non-binding, so why wait? Apply today!

Our admissions team will help you make the most of college-level credits earned after high school. We maintain strong partnerships and articulation agreements with numerous local community colleges and also accept a wide range of course credits earned at accredited colleges and universities.

Curious about how many credits may transfer? Email your transcripts to transfer@widener.edu and our transfer coordinator will personally review your coursework as an unofficial credit evaluation. Applicants are given priority during busy seasons, but you don't have to apply to work with our transfer coordinator. 

Transferring doesn't have to be a guessing game—share your stats and we'll take it from there! 

Learn more about applying as a transfer student

Widener University serves as a "second home" for students from around the world. We are located just outside of Philadelphia and close to New York City and Washington, D.C.—offering many unique professional and personal opportunities to explore.

Want to know what it's like to be an international student on campus or need assistance navigating English proficiency requirements? We're here to help, and our international admissions director will support you through the application process. 

This support doesn't end with admissions—our International Student Support team will serve as a valuable resource throughout your Widener journey—meeting Visa/immigration requirements, getting acclimated to campus, and much more.

Learn more about applying as an international student

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.

Students enrolled in the biomedical engineering graduate program conduct research with the guiding hand of faculty members.

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.

Clubs & Organizations

Biochemistry majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across and outside of campus to expand their network, including the Biochemistry Club, the Beta Beta Beta - Biological Honors Society, and many more.

Faculty

Our professors invest in your success through close mentoring and continual feedback. Get to know our biochemistry faculty.

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.

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 8% from 2020-2030 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.

Recent Employers

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

Take the Next Steps

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Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

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