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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Exploration and advancement of the physical and living world.

Isolating a molecule that may cure cancer. Protecting an inventor’s patented creation. Explaining a new scientific discovery to readers.

Students seeking a degree in chemistry or biochemistry at DePauw may have any of those pursuits – or any of hundreds more – in their future. Whether their future will be spent in a laboratory, a classroom, a courtroom or an operating room, those studying chemistry or biochemistry at DePauw gain a deep understanding of the physical and living world in classroom work and laboratory experiences.

Graduate Institutions


Case Western Reserve University, Colorado State University, Duke University, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame, University of Utah, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, Washington University


General Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Structure and Properties of Inorganic Compounds, Medicinal Plants for Poets, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium and Kinetics, Enzyme Mechanisms, Chemical Reactivity, Biochemistry, Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry

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Career Options

  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Genetic counselor
  • Pharmacist
  • Research scientist
  • University professor
  • Science writer
  • Teacher
  • Science librarian
  • Museum conservator/restorer

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Elizabeth Aguilar ’18 was a first-generation college student who made the most of a DePauw education. Liz, who majored in biochemistry and minored in computer science, was a science research fellow
and had six research experiences: three at DePauw, and one each at Stanford University, the University of Washington and, as part of a semester abroad, the University of Geneva.

In 2018, Liz won the Ferid Murad Medal, which recognizes the senior who has had the most significant scholarly or artistic achievements while at DePauw. As a junior, Liz won a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, considered the most prestigious undergraduate science honor in the United States and a National Science Foundation fellowship is enabling Liz to pursue graduate studies at the University of Washington.

At DePauw, Liz was a Bonner scholar, awarded to incoming first- year students who demonstrate a commitment to service and the community; belonged to Women in Computing; served on the executive board of United DePauw, the university’s LGBTQ+ organization; and led a winter-term-in-service trip to Nicaragua.

Student Profile


Madeline Perry ’15 is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine with plans to become an obstetrician-gynecologist.But she will intentionally put off completing med school for a year so that she, as a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, can study maternal health in Guatemala.

Madi nurtured her interest in medicine and global health while a biochemistry major at DePauw, where she was a science research fellow. She was a volunteer for Timmy Global Health,a nonprofit that endeavors to expand health care access and education to underserved populations; a member of Article 25, a right-to-health nonprofit; and a Little 5 rider.She conducted research on sickle cell anemia, leishmaniasis (a disease caused by parasites), malnutrition, maternal-fetal medicine and neonatal resuscitation.

Madi was a Rector scholar and winner of the Donald J.Cook Scholarship and Thomas Mote Public and Global Health Senior Award for having done the most to promote the health of populations.She was a finalist for the Murad Medal, which is named for Nobel laureate Ferid Murad’58,and recognizes the senior who has had the most significant scholarly or artistic achievements while at DePauw.


Sharon Crary, Ph.D., Duke University. Awarded the U.S. Health and Human Services Award for Distinguished Service on the Ebola response team in 2002 and DePauw’s G. Bromley Oxnam Award for Service in 2014.

Hilary Eppley, Ph.D., Indiana University. Received three successive National Science Foundation grants for development of faculty in inorganic chemistry, 2009, 2013 and 2018.

Bridget Gourley, Ph.D., University of Utah. Awarded a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant, intended to advance women in academic science, 2006-11, and the inaugural DePauw G. Bromley Oxnam Award for Service in 2009.

Dan Gurnon, Ph.D., Indiana University. Named Indiana professor of the year in 2015 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Jeff Hansen, Ph.D., Iowa State University. Conducts research in organic synthesis, which has applications in the preparation of pharmaceuticals.

David Harvey, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Won the 2016 J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Analytical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society.

Richard Martoglio, Ph.D., University of Wyoming. Directs the Quantitative Reasoning Center. Seeks to develop methods to detect suspected counterfeit pharmaceuticals.

Jackie Roberts, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Won an inclusive excellence grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2018 and a National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate Stem Education grant in 2016 and, from DePauw, the G. Bromley Oxnam Award for Service in 2015.

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