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Chemistry and Biochemistry

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

Big News: 

Two DePauw Chemistry Professors have recently won national awards for teaching excellence: David Harvey was awarded the 2016 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education, and Dan Gurnon was named  the 2015 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)!


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.