Students studying chemistry and biochemistry regularly assist faculty in their research by conducting experiments, recording data, and documenting results. Photo credit: Jennifer Manna
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Our biochemistry program offers excellent training and coursework in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and bioorganic chemistry. It integrates chemical principles with modern molecular biology. Students who pursue this major simultaneously fulfill all of the science coursework required by medical schools.

Program Director

Jason Belitsky

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department Affiliation

Rachel Wysocki


Why Study Biochemistry at Oberlin?

Variety of Courses
Department Faculty
Scientific Equipment

Sample Courses

  • CHEM 102 - Principles of Chemistry 4 credits
  • CHEM 254 - Bioorganic Chemistry 4 credits
  • CHEM 361 - Bioanalytical Chemistry 2 credits
  • CHEM 374 - Biochemistry 4 credits

Biochemistry News

Sprinting to Success

January 6, 2017
Sarel Loewus '16, former captain of Oberlin women's track and field and cross country teams, is pursuing a PhD in biochemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.

Observing the Ocean

December 1, 2015
Eint Kyi ’15 spends her days surrounded by her field of study as she pursues a master’s degree in oceanography at the University of Hawaii.

On the Mound and in the Lab

June 10, 2014
Mike McDonald has received national recognition for his achievements as in biochemistry and as a pitcher on Oberlin’s baseball team.