The mission of the Biochemistry program, in conjunction with the liberal arts environment at Washington & Jefferson College, is to develop students into both broadly and specifically educated individuals prepared to perform competitively in a scientific community that is increasingly seeking well-rounded professionals. Drawing upon the strengths of the contributing departments (primarily Biology and Chemistry), the Biochemistry program will provide a selection of courses, an advising structure, research opportunities, instrumentation, and committed faculty to support a rigorous interdisciplinary major in biochemistry.
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Beyond the Classroom
Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.
Research and Internships
- On-campus Independent Study (fall or spring)
- Summer research internships on-campus and at institutions including: the National Institutes of Health (NIH); University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Princeton University; Cleveland Clinic; University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of California Los Angeles; University of Cologne (Germany); Max F. Perutz Laboratories (Austria); Radboud University (The Netherlands); and the University of Cambridge (England)
W&J Biochemistry alumni have pursued a wide range of careers in the biomedical sciences and medicine, including:
- Research scientist
- Laboratory technician
- Medical doctor
- Hospital administrator
- Pharmaceutical sales representative
- College/university professor