A biochemistry degree is excellent preparation for medical school and related fields, and also for careers in business, law or education.
You don’t have to wait until grad school to get hands-on research experience. Our students are in the lab early and often, joined by faculty mentors who are passionate about what they teach. Some students even have their work published in peer-reviewed journals.
Majors & Minors
We offer multiple options for an entering freshman that provide a solid foundation in chemistry and exposure to many disciplines. You can major or minor in chemistry, or major in biochemistry. Additionally, chemistry majors can select biochemistry-molecular biology as a second degree.
A chemistry degree is excellent preparation for medical school and related fields, or careers in business, law, forensics, or education.
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
The Rose-Hulman biochemistry & molecular biology program is available to students as a second major and is meant to augment other majors.
Facilities & Resources
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to work in our recently renovated facilities, including a modern biochemistry research-teaching lab, three research labs, fully equipped organic and freshman labs, and an instrument facility.
In the lab, you’ll use equipment such as our Varian Gemini 300 MHz and Anasazi 90MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance devices, a Shimadzu GC-2010 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer, and High Performance Liquid Chromatography.
Our fully equipped labs andcomplete stockroom staffed by full-time technicians will give you hands-on experience and undergraduate research opportunities.
Learn about the latest happenings, recent research, and more in chemistry and biochemistry at Rose-Hulman.
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Careers in Chemistry & Biochemistry
Because chemistry touches every aspect of human life, your career opportunities are limited only by your imagination. From academia, research, and medicine to consumer goods, government, analytical laboratories, museums, and software publishers.
Biochemists use knowledge of chemistry to find solutions to biological problems, tackling some of the world’s most pressing challenges and enhancing quality of life. Some biochemists work in a clinical setting to help diagnose diseases, while others may focus on forensics or research.
Product development scientists work in many different industries, ensuring their organizationmeets government regulations for safety and quality, or developing and enhancing products to meet customer demands. They may find themselves developing new flavors of their favorite food products or helping ensure the safety of cosmetics.
Every day, researchers are using chemistry to unlock new clues in the search for a cure, and reaching discoveries that enable better treatment options and allow patients to live longer.Cancer researchers may use genomics to determine patient risk, or develop immunotherapy methods that allow patients’ own immune systems to fight the disease.
Dr. Michael R. Mueller, Physical Chemistry
Dr. Mueller’s current research focuses on combustion chemistry on biofuels in terms of corrosive issues, lubricity, and emissions; and a computational research project that combines reactant and intermediate structure to calculate rate constants for organic reactions.