Biochemistry is the study of chemistry focused on living organisms. Biochemistry includes the sciences of molecular biology, immunochemistry, and neurochemistry, as well as bioinorganic, bioorganic, and biophysical chemistry.

The biochemistry concentration is designed to prepare students for careers or graduate study in biochemistry and meets the recommended guidelines of both the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the American Chemical Society. The biochemistry curriculum also prepares students for application to medical, dental, and veterinary school.

What’s Special About Biochemistry at Ship?

Our class sizes are small, meaning students and professors have close relationships. This accessibility in and out of the classroom is key to students achieving their individual goals within the field of chemistry. You will have the opportunity to undertake research to obtain experience in individual scientific investigation. Students also have the opportunity to apply for grants to receive funding for research expenses.

Where Can Biochemistry Get Me?

Biological chemists in industry are interested in specific applications that will lead to marketable products, while those in academia or government labs conduct more basic and less applied research.

Possible careers in biochemistry:

  • Biotechnology
  • Crystallography
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • Oil and Petroleum
  • Personal Care Chemistry

Annual salaries for biochemists in Pennsylvania range from $34,000 to $69,000.

The biochemistry concentration also prepares students for graduate study, which is a route taken by many in the program.

How Do Students in the Biochemistry Concentration Spend Their Time?

Students interested in complementing their bachelor of science degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry must complete the chemistry core curriculum plus an additional seven credits in chemistry course work and a minimum of 15 credits in allied fields courses. Students interested in completing a minor in biochemistry must complete 24-28 credits.

The undergraduate catalog details specific course requirements.

Our students have plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on experience through labs, internships and research.

We provide access to a wide variety of instruments for use in course work and research. Learning how to use these instruments is key to preparation for internships, careers and graduate programs.

Each faculty member is devoted to providing students with the opportunity to perform research, the focus of which is tuned to the individual student’s interests and career goals. Students have opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research projects as early as their freshman year.

Chemistry majors may also consider joining Chemistry Club. Participation in activities and services through the club stands out on a resume and is a great way to network and create lifelong relationships.

Our students also have the opportunity to compete for various awards while they complete their degree.

Shippensburg University chemistry students can become recipients of the following awards:

  • Freshman Chemistry Award
  • Eastman Kodak Scholarship Award in Chemistry
  • Undergraduate Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry Sponsored by the American Chemical Society and the Joint Polymer Education Committee
  • Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh
  • Analytical Chemistry Award
  • American Chemical Society Award
  • American Chemical Society Dinner
  • American Institute of Chemists Award
  • Class of 1920 Award in Sciences – Chemistry
  • Dr. Louise Lienemann Chemistry Scholarship Fund
  • APSCUF/SU Student Award
  • ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry
  • ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry
  • The Dr. James A. Beres and Merry Jean Beres Student/Faculty Research Endowment for the Department of Chemistry Award