The study of biochemistry is an examination of life at the elemental level. It focuses on the processes happening within cells and the structures found inside them. Biochemistry is a combination of biology and chemistry—with a focus on life processes at the cellular and even molecular level. Biochemists work in an ever-growing variety of fields, such as food science, immunology, pharmaceuticals, genetics, agriculture and environmental science.

About the Biochemistry major

The study of biochemistry is vital to understanding medical science. In our program, you’ll learn about the chemistry of human health, structural enzymology and protein chemistry, and you’ll be prepared for medical school, graduate school or a broad variety of exciting careers.

At Carroll, an education in biochemistry is all about exploration. The biochemistry program offers courses in the basic areas of inorganic, organic, analytical, physical and biochemistry, which are supplemented by special opportunities such as industrial internships and independent research.

The hands-on research opportunities you’ll get at Carroll give you an advantage whether you’re headed for post-college employment or a graduate program. You can engage in scholarly research projects at the undergraduate level, as well as participate in a 12-week research program at the prestigious University of Strathclyde in Scotland. You can also work one-on-one with a professor to create and conduct your own Pioneer Scholars project over the summer. Our students have moved on to top research graduate programs around the country and have started careers at Dow Chemical, Abbot Laboratories and the Sigma-Aldrich Chemical Company, among other industry giants.

Our program is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society, guaranteeing the faculty, curriculum and instrumentation necessary for a top quality, undergraduate education.

The student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society hosts guest lecturers and field trips, and provides student mentoring. Students can present research projects at regional and national American Chemical Society meetings.

Emphases / Minor

Biochemistry majors are required to choose from one of the following emphases. In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in biochemistry that complements many areas of study.


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Brady Corporation
  • Sigma-Aldrich Corporation
  • S.C. Johnson
  • Hydrite Chemical
  • Honeywell
  • Westlake Hospital
  • Lake Forest High School
  • Covance Laboratories


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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Meet the Faculty

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Dr. Timothy Flewelen

Lecturer of Chemistry

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Dr. Kevin McMahon

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Computational and Physical Sciences

Dr. Joseph Piatt

Dr. Joseph Piatt

Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science

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Dr. Jamie Scaglione

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Gail Vojta

Dr. Gail Vojta

Distinguished Lecturer in Chemistry