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

Phillips ’62 Authors Article on Coronavirus Response

Mon, 19 Oct 2020

Steven PhillipsAn article by Dr. Steven Phillips ’62 argues that the coronavirus pandemic means that the United States is at war and that COVID-19 is “possibly the most lethal [enemy] we…

HWS Awarded NSF Grant on Evolution in Cities

Fri, 09 Oct 2020

Consentino Brad Squirrel Portrait AFarid 0016A new grant from the National Science Foundation will support a collaborative research project that, through a study on eastern gray squirrels, will explore the ways cities shape animal evolution.…

Williams ’21 Engages with Global PPE Compliance Project

Wed, 07 Oct 2020

Williams KelseyDespite the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic, for Kelsey Williams ’21, it has opened a door to a rewarding internship experience. The physics major, who has a minor in chemistry,…

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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.