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As a biochemistry major, you'll fully explore the depths of research, integrating both lab and lecture material.


Graduating from William Jewell with a degree in biochemistry ensures you will have an understanding of the fundamental concepts of biochemistry in the areas of organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, cellular metabolism, biological macromolecule structure/function and genetic principles. Faculty will help you develop effective biochemical communication skills, including reading, writing and oral presentations. You will be competent in producing, recording and reporting laboratory data, as well as designing and conducting meaningful biochemical research.

Real Lab Experience

Biochemists need a laboratory to be successful. We've got seven undergraduate research labs led by faculty mentors and teams including biology and chemistry majors. We've got the latest equipment, including a 3D stereolithography printer, spectrometers (NMR, FTIR, UV/Vis, AAS), chromatographs (GC/FID, GC/MS), flow cytometry, a fluorescence microscope and molecular design workstations.

Additional Programs

Some biochemistry students choose to add a second major in areas including Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry, mathematics, psychological science or physics. The Department also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry.

Jesse Lundervold, '18

Ph.D. student in chemistry at University of California-Davis

Jesse spent one summer at UC-Davis during the Research Experience for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation. The chemistry and studio art major also presented research at the national American Chemical Society and interned another summer with the Rocky Mountain Conservancy in Estes Park, Colo.

Beyond Jewell

You may decide to go on to graduate school like many chemistry and biochemistry majors or pursue a career right away. You also may complete training at Jewell for teaching in secondary education. Whatever direction you choose, you will have a strong foundation in the sciences and liberal arts.

  • Graduate Schools

    Recent Jewell alumni graduate school acceptances:
    • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences: M.S. in Biomedical Science; Osteopathic Medicine
    • Southern College of Optometry
    • University of Colorado School of Medicine
    • University of Iowa: Ph.D. in Chemistry
    • University of Kansas: School of Medicine; Ph.D. in Chemistry
    • University of Michigan: Ph.D. in Physics and Scientific Computing; Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences
    • University of Missouri School of Medicine
    • University of Missouri Science & Technology: Environmental Engineering; Electrical Engineering
    • University of Oklahoma: College of Medicine; College of Pharmacy
    • William Jewell College Accelerated Nursing Program
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  • Job Placements

    Recent graduates have accepted these positions:
    • Portland General Electric cyber security engineer
    • Regenerative Orthopaedic Institute lab technician
    • The Kidney Institute, University of Kansas Medical Center research assistant
    • Certified Energy and Environmental Labs analytical chemist
    • Swiss Reinsurance Company actuary
    • Albaugh, LLC analytical technician
    • Pace Analytical laboratory technician
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