Fundamentally, chemistry is the study of the matter in the universe and how it changes. Modern chemistry is central to our lives and impacts diverse fields such as medicine, energy generation, cosmetics, food production, and more. The curriculum for chemistry majors is varied and includes specialization in various areas, one of which is biochemistry. Biochemistry combines the traditional study of chemistry (focusing on two advanced courses in Biochemistry) with additional biology courses that provide a critical foundation in both natural science fields.
Why Study Biochemistry at CHC?
At Chestnut Hill College, when studying Biochemistry, you receive more than just an understanding of molecular structures. Along with your classroom and laboratory instruction given by highly qualified and experienced professors, you also gain a well-rounded liberal arts education.
This education will help you think for yourself and overlay your scientific decisions with an ethical perspective. Biochemistry majors receive personalized hands-on laboratory instruction in biology and chemistry courses, providing a solid technical foundation for a variety of careers and graduate programs.
This program offers:
- Major: Biochemistry
- Minor: Biochemistry
Chestnut Hill College is centrally located near several major pharmaceutical, chemical, and forensic science companies such as Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, National Medical Services, Centocor, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth-Ayerst, Dupont and many more. We are also close to several public and private schools that are committed to developing more and better science teachers. All of this provides an exceptional learning opportunity for our students, not to mention a great location from which to launch a career.
Majoring in chemistry opens students to a wide range of exciting and fulfilling career choices post-graduation. These include:
- Going to graduate school in biochemistry, biomedical sciences, or a related interdisciplinary field
- Going to medical, dental or veterinary school
- Going to Pharmacy school
- Working in a laboratory in a pharmaceutical company or an industrial chemical company
Chestnut Hill College science majors gain valuable real-world experience through internships. Some of these internships even lead to full-time employment after graduation. Several of the places at which our majors have held internships are the following:
- Jefferson Medical College
- Georgetown University
- Purdue University
- Boise University
- The ME's Office of Philadelphia
- The Research Center of the US Dept of Agriculture