Students considering careers in medicine, research or biotechnology often choose Earlham’s biochemistry major, which combines studies in chemistry and biology. This major is particularly popular with students who are planning to attend medical school, veterinary school, and public health or other health science fields. The biochemistry major provides students with a strong foundation in cell biology, molecular biology, and chemistry with a strong emphasis on research and hands-on learning.
Special Learning Opportunities
Numerous Earlham students have presented their research at recent national and regional meetings as well as a variety of other local sponsored symposia.
Faculty members in the biochemistry program have published in wide variety of peer-reviewed journals and have been funded extramurally by both government and private institutions.
Students have completed internships with such local organizations as, Belden Industries, Cope Environmental Center, Indianapolis Art Museum Conservation Laboratory, Reid Hospital, Richmond Friends School and Wayne County Health Clinic.
Students are encouraged to study abroad. Science faculty members have led semester-long off-campus programs (e.g. Tanzania, England, Oak Ridge, France, and New Zealand) and shorter expeditions during May Term and on Ford/Knight projects (e.g. Peru, Borneo, Bahamas, Galapagos Islands, Nebraska Sandhills, and Yellowstone National Park).
Research is at the heart of the Earlham College Biochemistry experience whether it's during the academic year, full-time during the summer or for an entire semester at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Students have also traveled to other parts of the world (e.g. China and Chile) with faculty to conduct research. Participating in one or more of these programs has certainly been transformative to students.
Earlham ranks in the top ten in the U.S. for the percentage of our graduates who earn doctorates in the life sciences and our alumni have high placement rates in medical school and other health science programs.
Recent graduates have entered M.D. or Ph.D. programs at Harvard University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin and others.
Our alumni have found work in industry at such companies as Roche or pursued careers as K-12 educators.
Regardless of the path they follow, our biochemistry majors are well prepared to face the problems of the world and be a part of forging solutions.
Earlhamites in Biochemistry
Summer Research at Harvard
Encouraged by Earlham professors Bob Rosenberg and Peter Blair (both in biology), biochemistry major Elizabeth Richards ’14 spent a summer in the Frank Sacks Lab at the Harvard School of Public Health studying cardiovascular disease. More
Associate Professor of Chemistry Lori Watson is a national leader in an effort to help inorganic chemistry professors include the latest developments in the field in their teaching. More