Allegheny biochemistry students learn by doing

We’ll prepare you to navigate the blurred distinctions between the sciences through an interdisciplinary and integrated major in the field of biochemistry.

You’ll be exposed to a variety of hands-on education opportunities as we encourage you to see the connections between scientific disciplines.


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special lectures

The annual Lord Lecture brings some of the nation’s most distinguished chemists to the College for residencies of up to one week. Recent Lord Lecturers include:

  • Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize–winning chemist, poet, and playwright
  • Dudley Herschbach, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • George Whitesides, Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University and winner of the 1998 National Medal of Science

The annual Darling Lecture Series brings a nationally-known biologist to campus for a public lecture and meetings with students.

Recent Internships

Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Lab

Duke University Marine Lab

South Dakota State University

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Purdue University

Graduate Schools

Our biochemistry program prepares students to attend graduate school in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, immunology, microbiology, cell biology, pharmacology, etc.

Biochemistry majors are also prepared to enter the health professions (e.g., medicine, dentistry, optometry) or to seek employment in government and industrial laboratories.

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Student Research

Many biochemistry majors carry out independent research or collaborative research with faculty in addition to the Senior Comp. Biochemistry majors frequently present their research at regional and national scientific conferences.

Recent Senior Comps

The Senior Comp is the culmination of four years of experience, imagination, and study. It is the moment when you demonstrate what you’ve learned by teaching us something new.

Investigating Combinatorial Effects of 8CPT Treatment on gskA null Cells in Deterring

An Analysis of Frameshift Mutation on Mms21 Activity in DNA Damage Repair

A Comparative Analysis of the Structure-Function Relationship in Bacterial Eumelanin and Pyomelanin

The Independent Function of Mms21 E3 SUMO Ligase

Characterization of Histone Variant H2a.z in DNA Damage Response and Repair