DEPARTMENT OF Chemistry
Using foundational knowledge to explore the interaction of chemical and biological processes.
In pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, students will first build a strong foundation in general chemistry, general biology, physical, and organic chemistry prior to choosing directed and professional electives that will allow them the flexibility to pursue topics that will be relevant to their future career tracks in biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry or health.
The bachelor’s in Biochemistry differs from the option in Biochemistry (with a B.S. in Chemistry) by requiring fewer junior-level Chemistry courses. This allows students to take Biochemistry courses earlier in their studies. The B.S. in Biochemistry also requires coursework in Biology that is not required of Chemistry majors.
Research areas include the elucidation of chemical signals by which organisms communicate with each other, the role of trace metals in the growth of microorganisms, the origin and function of biologically active natural compounds, and synthetic biology and metabolic engineering for the production of value-added products and antimicrobial compounds.
Our courses combine a solid foundation with specialization.
Students will first build a strong foundation in general chemistry, general biology, physical, and organic chemistry prior to choosing directed and professional electives that will allow them the flexibility to pursue topics that will be relevant to their future career tracks in biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, or health.
Exciting opportunities for undergrads.
Join the ESF Honors Program
Open to juniors who have completed at least 60 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
Advising for Pre-Professional Programs
ESF offers pre-professional advising in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and law. Get more information on each of these pathways and an online information request form.
Be Part of The Alchemist Society
Chemistry students have social events, and travel to schools and museums to show off the magic of chemistry to young people.
Awards for Students in the Chemistry Department
The Department of Chemistry has a long history of providing many need and merit-based scholarships each year, made possible by very generous contributions made to both ESF and the department.
Biochemistry Degree Outcomes
ESF's chemistry courses and programs of study are aimed at preparing the scientists of the future. This biochemistry and natural products option provides particularly good training for students aiming for professional degrees in biomedical fields or careers in biotechnology, forensics, and biomedical sciences.