As a Biochemistry major, you’ll delve into the science at the intersection of biology and chemistry: the biological applications of chemistry and the chemical processes necessary for biological life to exist. Through RWU’s rigorous coursework in subjects such as bioinformation, neurobiology and biotechnology combined with research and internships, you’ll be well prepared for graduate study and your future career.

The Biochemistry Major

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The biochemistry major offers students the opportunity to delve into the science that is at the interface of two distinct disciplines by learning about the chemistry of biology and the biological applications of chemistry. Students will be equipped for future work, research and study by being able to draw from experiences in both disciplines. They will be comfortable with the terminology in both disciplines and be able to use the latest techniques in the field. For those who wish to continue their studies in professional programs, they will be prepared and competitive for the career paths that they are choosing.


Majors must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Biochemistry majors must complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total at least 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to take Microbiology, Biotechnology, Bioethics and 3 credits of Internship/Research in order to obtain the biotechnology certification along with the B.S. in Biochemistry.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry:

CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs 
CHEM301, 302Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs 
CHEM311Analytical Chemistry and Lab 
CHEM312Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab 
CHEM320Inorganic Chemistry and Lab 
CHEM/BIO390Biochemistry and Lab 
CHEM391Chemical Thermodynamics and Lab 
CHEM435Advanced Biochemistry  
CHEM423LAdvanced Biochemistry Lab 
BIO450Research in Biochemical Sciences 
MATH213, 214Calculus I and II and Labs 
PHYS201, 202Physics I and II and Labs 
BIO103Biology I and Lab 
BIO200Genetics and Lab 
BIO325Molecular Cell Biology and Lab 
BIO331Bioinformatics and Lab 

Plus an additional 8 credits from the following courses, at least one must be a Chemistry course.

BIO315Animal Physiology and Lab 
BIO323Developmental Biology and Lab 
BIO331Bioinformatics and Lab 
BIO370Virology and Lab 
BIO380Parasitology and Lab 
BIO392Animal Nutrition 
CHEM392Quantum Chemistry and Lab 
CHEM421Advanced Chemistry Lab I 
CHEM431Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 
CHEM432Advanced Organic Chemistry 
CHEM433Advanced Physical Chemistry 
CHEM434Advanced Environmental Chemistry 
CHEM435Advanced Biochemistry 
*NOTE: Biology or Chemistry may not serve as a second major or minor for a Biochemistry major and Biochemistry may not serve as a second major or minor for a Biology or Chemistry major.

Internship Opportunities

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  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • The Audubon Society
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  • New England Aquarium
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Save the Bay

Research Projects

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  • Molecular Evolution of Myelin Basic Protein
  • Developmental Regulation of Zebrafish Heart Rate
  • Ornamental Fish Culture
  • Biotechnology Projects
  • Characterization of Viruses in Mt. Hope Bay
  • Soil Ecology


(partial list)

  • American Health Care
  • Bioran Medical Laboratories
  • Ciba-Geigy
  • Cyro Industries
  • School Districts (various)
  • Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Amgen

Graduate Study

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  • Brown University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
  • Tufts University Dental School
  • University of Chicago
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute