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welcome to hartwick Biochemistry

You want to make advances in medical and health sciences. You want to find cures, create vaccines, develop and deliver life-saving pharmaceuticals. With a degree in Biochemistry from Hartwick, you’ll be prepared to make a difference – in the lab and in peoples’ lives.

Interested in chemistry or environmental chemistry? We’ve got those too. At Hartwick, the faculty work closely together to help you develop your personal FlightPath.

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Many Career Paths

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Hartwick’s program is approved by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training – that means you’ll be working on professional-grade equipment, developing the skills that will make you highly sought after by employers and graduate programs.

Hartwick College student in forensic science course with testing sample

Interested in forensics? Add a forensic science minor to further your career opportunities in mortuary science, crime scene analysis or forensic anthropology.

Hartwick College alumnus speaking about biochemical research

Your Career Coach will guide you in finding real-world work experiences in your chosen field – and help you find a career you’ll be passionate about.


A Hartwick education is more than just labs and classrooms. You’ll make the most of your time on campus, with clubs, J Term experiences and plenty of opportunities to learn from guest speakers, mini-seminars and conferences.

Join the Chemistry club in their annual soap-making fundraiser to sponsor travel to the American Chemistry Society or the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology National Meetings.


Housed within Hartwick’s Chemistry department, the Biochemistry major offers plenty of opportunities for cross-collaboration with our Chemistry and Biology departments. You could even get a paid internship at Hartwick’s Center for Craft Food and Beverage.

In your senior year, you’ll develop and pursue a fully-funded research project based around your area of interest, and present your findings at Student Showcase. Your Alumni Mentor will share their personalized insights into the workplace, and your Success Coach will be there the whole way, cheering you on.



Like Peyton Samuelson ’22, now a Field Service Engineer, Agilent Technologies. While at Hartwick, Peyton served as a Laboratory Assistant in the Center for Craft Food and Beverage, and received a certification through the American Chemical Society.


Like Emilija Aleksandrovic ’20, now a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center. Emilija was named as a John Christopher Hartwick scholar and received the ACS Outstanding Senior Chemistry Award.


Like Colin Wasacz ’17, now a dentist in Ballston Spa, NY. The recipient of the Dr. Elizabeth V. Lamphere ’38 H’97 scholarship, he went on to receive his DMD at Temple University.

Meet the biochemistry faculty.

John Dudek

Professor of Chemistry

Mark S. Erickson

Professor of Chemistry

Wayne McMahon

Professor of Practice in Chemistry

Andrew J. Piefer

Professor and Chair of Chemistry

Sheeba Siddiqi

Technical Specialist in Chemistry

Cody Webb

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry