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Chemistry and Biochemistry

DePauw’s innovative curriculum provides a solid foundation and offers majors in both chemistry and biochemistry.


Effective March 16, 2020

Our staff will be working remotely but will available via email

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Jeff Hansen, Department Co-Chair - jhansen@depauw.edu

Jackie Roberts, Department Co-Chair  - jroberts@depauw.edu

Mary Giles, Administrative Assistant - mgiles@depauw.edu

Mary Giles will be checking emails regularly during business hours and
dispersing those messages to the correct individual(s).

About the Majors

Coursework in the chemical sciences prepares students to understand the physical and living world and to make scientifically informed contributions to many academic fields and society at large. Biochemistry majors pair a chemistry scaffold with molecularly focused course-work in biology. The curriculum provides students considerable flexibility to explore sub-disciplines of chemistry in ways they find most stimulating. Students engage in collaborative research with faculty and participate in internships at national laboratories, in industrial or medical settings.

Careers include drug development, instrumentation, bio-technology, cosmetics, environmental monitoring and agrochemicals. Students go on to graduate study in a variety of fields, including medicine.