The Biology and Chemistry departments offer a rigorous joint major to those students interested in the intersection of biology and chemistry. The Biochemistry major consists of core courses from the Biology and Chemistry departments, cognates in Math and Physics, and a capstone seminar experience.

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Student Profile: Ferdy Simons-Barrientos '21

Ferdy Simons-Barrientos '21

Major: Biochemistry
Minors: Public Policy

“The faculty at HWS are supportive and encouraging and there is a tight-knit community among the science students. I've had classes as small as 8 students and as large as 35, but I've never felt like I was competing with my peers. Rather, it feels like we are all working together and lifting each other up. Organic Chemistry has proven the most challenging so far, but I enjoyed the interactive nature of the course and it was cool to see our lab work tested in an actual research project on campus.”

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Through hands-on laboratory and field-based coursework as well as research collaborations with the faculty, you will gain exciting new knowledge from experts in the field. Scroll below to meet our team of scientists, scholars and above all, teachers. Meet the entire department >

Biochemistry News

Biochem Cancer Research Offers Unique Scientific Education

Fri, 19 Jun 2020

Seffi Cramer and Patricia Mowery working in lab Eaton 202In courses like cell biology, organic chemistry and immunology, you won’t find any “canned” labs with predetermined outcomes. Instead, HWS faculty researchers engage students in the scientific process through ongoing…

Lax ’66 on Development of Penicillin vs. Coronavirus Vaccine

Fri, 05 Jun 2020

EricLax-Photo- Michael LionstarAuthor Eric Lax ’66, L.H.D. ’93 was interviewed in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists about what parallels and differences exist between the development of penicillin during World War II and the…

Faculty Earn Full Professorship, Emeriti Status

Tue, 26 May 2020

Coxe Hall Quad beautyAt the spring meeting of the HWS Board of Trustees, five faculty members were elevated to full professor and another five were granted emeriti status. Effective July 1, Etin Anwar…

Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Namita Neerukonda '17

Current Position: Medical Student, SUNY Upstate

Current Location: Syracuse, N.Y.

Majors: Biochemistry and Spanish and Hispanic Studies

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Sample Courses

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Organic Chemistry I
This course is an introduction to the study of organic molecules, and includes structure, mechanism, reactions, synthesis, and practical methods for structure determination. The laboratory emphasizes learning modern techniques and the identification of compounds using spectroscopic methods.