Biochemistry is a fascinating and diverse field that impacts many aspects of our lives, including such areas as medicine, genetics, and nutrition. As a department, our goal is to provide rigorous preparation for students whose career paths require expertise in biochemistry. Additionally, our faculty members strive to contribute to a chemically literate society through teaching (with classrooms, labs, and research), scholarship, and service.
We offer a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, administered through the Department of Chemistry.
Why Study Biochemistry at Grand Valley?
- Faculty attention. Beyond the freshman year, our courses become smaller with more student-faculty interaction. All upper-division courses are taught by Ph.D. chemists with specialized training and research expertise.
- Hands-on laboratories. Students gain extensive, firsthand experience preparing solutions, conducting experiments, and operating advanced research-quality instruments.
- Research experiences. Students have the opportunity to contribute to genuine scientific research on novel projects while receiving one-on-one mentoring from faculty members.
- Professional development. Many of our students travel to professional meetings with their faculty mentors to present research findings and network with other researchers.
- Support. Endowments provide scholarships, grants, and fellowships for student tuition, travel, and research.
- Excellent teaching. Chemistry faculty have won 23 Outstanding Teacher, Pew Teaching Excellence, and Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring awards from the university.
For More InformationDepartment of Chemistry
312 Padnos Hall
Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.
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Graduates work in a variety of different fields, including:
- Life sciences research
Biochemistry majors are well prepared to attend graduate or professional schools in a variety of areas, including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, biochemistry, and chemistry.