Biochemistry Major

Hartwick College biochemistry student

Biochemistry: The building blocks of life.

Studying biochemistry at Hartwick means you’ll learn the building blocks of life, supported by a liberal arts education. That means you’ll be more than ready to succeed. You’ll be ready to thrive.

Hartwick’s Chemistry Department trains knowledgeable, skilled chemists who contribute to a sustainable society, who understand the profound importance of chemistry to everyday life, and who actively contribute to scientific knowledge through engaged collaboration.

Where degrees in biochemistry can take you.

Approved by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training, Hartwick offers a bachelor of arts in chemistry, a bachelor of science in chemistry, a bachelor of science in biochemistry, and a bachelor of science in environmental chemistry.

Hartwick biochemistry majors get prepared to work in a variety of careers, whether in the lab, the field, or through further study at top-notch graduate programs in chemistry, medicine, and many more.

A closer look.

Hartwick faculty understand that experimental work and research are central to the development of productive scientists. With individual attention from faculty and direct access to state-of-the-art chemical instrumentation, you’ll gain hands-on knowledge of theoretical principles through experimentation and independent research.

Beyond the basic.

Hartwick is a place where you’ll learn by doing, and where you’ll put your lessons to work. For instance, three biochemistry students recently traveled to Anaheim, CA to present their research at the Experimental Biology meeting. The meeting is the largest biochemistry convention, with more than 12,000 attendees representing all facets of the biochemical sciences.

Putting biochemistry to work.

Hartwick biochemistry students go on to rewarding careers, and they study at some of the top graduate schools in the nation.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Chobani
  • Norwich Pharmaceuticals
  • Earth Tech Environmental Services
  • Merck Pharmaceuticals
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals
  • Rochester General Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • University of Virginia
  • Tufts University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Cal Tech
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Meet the biochemistry faculty.

Hartwick’s expert biochemistry faculty are scholars in their field. What’s more, they work to make their research real for their students. Students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world of the future. Hartwick students.

Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad
Associate Professor of Geology and Chemistry
Ph.D., Washington State University
Areas of expertise:
chemical and biological weathering of minerals, microbe-mineral-water interactions, biofilm processes, water quality and contamination, bioremediation, base cation nutrient cycles, and watershed-based hydrochemistry.
John Dudek
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Princeton University
Areas of expertise:
cavity ring-down spectroscopy, chemical kinetics and thermodynamics
Mark S. Erickson
Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Areas of expertise:
organic and green chemistry, and research in organic and organometallic conducting polymers, polycyclic aromatic compounds, and the synthesis of retinoids as anticancer drugs.
Wayne McMahon
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Areas of expertise:
organic chemical process development and new synthetic methodologies directed towards molecules of biological interest.
Catie Minogue
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison
Areas of expertise:
the development and application of mass spectrometry-based proteomics.
Andrew J. Piefer
Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry
Ph.D., New Mexico State University
Areas of expertise:
biochemistry and virology, biomolecular interactions (especially related to viral and host cell proteins and nucleic acids), tissue culture techniques, recombinant protein expression and purification, and virus assembly and budding.


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