Sciences and Mathematics

Biochemistry

The Building Blocks Shared by Chemistry and Biology

Like all empirical sciences, biochemistry is, at its heart, a search for truth in the natural world and in humanity. But before finding that truth—as Hillsdale biochemistry students do, in enzymes, acids, proteins, and lipids, for example—you must learn the process of being a problem solver. That means learning to experiment, to observe, to question, to conclude, and to defend your findings. Those skills will make you a more curious, critical thinker in the realm of science and in the professional world. And because all aspects of the biochemistry program are dedicated to the education of undergraduates, you’ll get the attention and resources you need to excel in this demanding major. As part of your studies, you will also engage in extensive research alongside Hillsdale’s faculty, and have the opportunity to publish as well. Biochemistry is offered as both a major and minor.

Mission

Chemistry Lab

The chemistry faculty seeks to prepare students:

  • for graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry or for training in professional schools
  • for teaching in educational institutions
  • for positions in industry or government service
  • for application of chemistry in medicine, biology, physics and other fields

The introductory courses may be taken by students desiring acquaintance with chemistry as a part of a liberal arts education. The purpose of the courses is not so much to train specialists as to equip the student to undertake intelligently any work of a chemical nature. Students will find a thorough foundation in the fundamentals of chemistry to be the best basis for future specialization in any branch of the subject.

Hillsdale College’s chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society for the training of undergraduate chemists and, therefore, allows for awarding ACS-certified degrees.


Facilities

Students working with chemical fume hood

The chemistry department occupies the third floors of the adjoining Strosacker Science and Dow Science buildings. Chemistry faculty and students have access to several state-of-the-art labs equipped with advanced chemical instrumentation.

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American Chemical Society

Student working in the Chemistry Lab.

The College’s chapter of the American Chemical Society is a student-run organization dedicated to increasing the appreciation for chemistry.

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Iota Sigma Pi

Several students working in the Chemistry Lab

Iota Sigma Pi is a national honorary society for women in chemistry.

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