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Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science

Biochemistry is the study of how living organisms work. Professionals in the field are interested in:

  • The molecular changes that occur within organisms.
  • The conversion of food to cellular components.
  • The provision of energy to drive bodily processes.
  • The chemical nature of genes and the way in which these specify and control biological processes.

One of the most stimulating aspects of biochemistry is its increasing interaction with medicine. Biochemists study the molecular basis of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS, and this enables definitive diagnosis and development of cures. This makes biochemistry a choice major for students wishing to attend medical school.

Josh Prindle '18 discusses his interactions with the faculty in the biochemistry program.

Program Details

Biochemistry includes the study of chemistry and biology with additional support from physics and mathematics. You’ll study the nature of diseases and undertake the design of drugs and production of vaccines and human hormones. You’ll study the molecular basis of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS, and this enables definitive diagnosis and development of cures. You will also become skilled at analyzing the bioethical issues challenging the scientific community. Your learning will be hands-on and visual. You will see and do, not just listen.

Classes You'll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Karen Glover, Ph.D.

Karen Glover, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry

The technology-rich environment at Clarke provides students with great hands-on opportunities.

Tony Breitbach, Ph.D.

Tony Breitbach, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

My goal as an instructor is to facilitate students in realizing their educational goals, and to foster a deeper understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment for the subject.

Sunil Malapati, Ph.D.

When an alumna at a medical school tells me that she is the go-to person for biochemistry first-year students and credits my course for her preparedness, I know I made an impact.

Jason Stecklein, Ph.D.

Jason Stecklein, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics

I believe I push for each student to develop and think deeply about their knowledge of science and not simply give ‘understanding’ to them. We do lots of talking, arguing, laughing, and negotiating our understandings, together as a class group.

Necla Demir, Ph.D.

Necla Demir, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry/Food Science

I am passionate about teaching and learning from challenging students. It has been so rewarding helping a new program come to fruition.

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Our Students & Alumni

Josh Prindle

Josh Prindle

Biochemistry and English '18

Liberal arts allows me to pick more than one area of focus. If I want to study English and biochemistry, I can do that, and Clarke will help me.

Courtney Traser

Courtney Traser

Biology '13

The ability to learn using human cadavers is a rarity that most undergraduate students do not get. Dr. Slover’s passion for what she taught was evident and infectious, and my experiences with her and her encouragement motivated me.

Olivia Harris

Olivia Harris

Graphic Design and Biochemistry '16

Don’t discount studying a double major just because you think it might be too hard! Clarke will help you make it possible. I am studying biochemistry and graphic design.


11 %
Job growth

Percent the biochemistry workforce will grow by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

100 %
Job placement

Percent of Clarke biochemistry graduates who secured a job in their chosen field or enrolled in graduate school by August.

85.2 %
Happy people

Chemistry majors rate among the highest in job satisfaction after graduation – 85.2% – according to studentsreview.com.

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