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Biochemistry

Offered jointly by the departments of biology and chemistry, and drawing upon the expertise of faculty in both disciplines, the biochemistry concentration encourages and fosters student learning about the chemistry that underlies biological structure and function. Open to students majoring in biology and chemistry, the competitive concentration expands upon the foundations of these traditional fields of study, preparing students for graduate and medical studies, careers in the BioPharma industry, and other post-graduate endeavors.

The biochemistry concentration offers an interdisciplinary perspective that places students at the cutting edge of modern science. In addition to the requirements of their major, biochemistry concentrators complete laboratory-based courses from both the biology and the chemistry departments. The concentration culminates in a yearlong, independent biochemistry research project in the fourth year, where students gain valuable experience working across disciplines, just as they would in a real-world research setting. Biology and chemistry majors may apply to this competitive concentration in the spring of their second year.

Program Highlights

The biochemistry concentration is intimately intertwined with modern avenues of research. Through one-on-one pursuits with faculty in the chemistry and biology departments, students can pursue research in a variety of fields, including:
  • Physical, organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Human health and disease
  • Immunology
  • Neurobiology
  • Microbiology
  • Developmental biology

Biochemistry News

Holy Cross Academic Conference 2017 to Showcase Student Work

Apr 21, 2017

As the academic year nears its end, more than 350 students will present the results of their independent work in the performing and visual arts, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at the 2017 Academic Conference, taking place across campus …

28 Holy Cross Students Inducted into Jesuit Honor Society

Oct 28, 2016

Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, inducted 28 Holy Cross students on Oct. 23. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, loyalty and service. Membership is only awarded to four percent of …