Biochemistry Major

Hartwick College biochemistry student

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.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Chemists
  • Life scientists
  • Forensic science technicians
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Health technicians
  • Medical scientists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of chemists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be about 5,700 new job openings in the next decade. Technicians in the health department are in high demand with a projected 13% employment increase from 2016 to 2026, meaning there will be about 27,800 new job openings. (BLS)


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:

  • Albany Molecular Research
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Chobani
  • Norwich Pharmaceuticals
  • Earth Tech Environmental Services
  • Merck Pharmaceuticals
  • Regeneron Pharamceuticals
  • 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

Beyond the basic.

Hartwick is a place where you’ll learn by doing, and where you’ll put your lessons to work. For instance, our 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.

A closer look.

Studying biochemistry at Hartwick means you’ll learn the building blocks of life, supported by a liberal arts education. 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.


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 will make a difference in the world of the future. Hartwick students.

John Dudek
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.
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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