The biochemistry & molecular biology program at Dickinson is a rigorous course of study focusing on the junctions between the chemical and biological sciences. Students explore a wide array of topics, including gene regulation, protein structure and function, intermediary metabolism, genetics, developmental genomics, medical biochemistry and thermodynamics.

Jointly sponsored by the chemistry and biology departments, this major focuses on the rapidly expanding field of DNA research and biochemistry. Majors are directly involved in research projects, either on campus or at approved off-campus laboratories. Dickinson faculty members maintain active research programs in both fields, so students learn up-to-date techniques from active practitioners.

The program is interdisciplinary, requiring coursework in both the chemistry and biology departments, as well as a capstone research experience. The goal of the program is to train students broadly in the biochemical sciences while providing practical laboratory-based research experiences , all to prepare students to succeed in graduate or professional schools.

Contact Info


Rebecca ConnorAssociate Professor of Chemistry

Department Coordinator

Janice Wiss






Rector North 1301 - Rector Science Complex Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • LGH Pulmonary Associates
  • Thomas Jefferson University, Vickie & Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience
  • Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan
  • MIT, Jacks Lab at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
  • Genocea
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Thomas Jefferson University Department of Neurology

Graduate Schools:

  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science’s Chicago Medical School
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) IRTA (postbac)
  • NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (postbac)
  • University of Oregon
  • Duke University
  • University of Glasgow
  • St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Columbia University 
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine, Drug Discovery
  • Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP), Jamkhed, Maharashtra, India
  • Hastings Research Laboratory, Loyola University Maryland
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care
  • National Institutes of Health's Endocrine Oncology Branch
  • UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle Hospital
  • Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation
  • Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research

Student Perspective

"At Dickinson, I have had the valuable opportunity to be involved in original research with professors. I have been able to take classes outside of the sciences, giving me a well-rounded education that will be useful in life after graduation. Through my Dickinson experiences studying abroad and as a student-athlete, I have also developed a broader mindset, and better time-management, organization and collaboration skills. I have formed amazing relationships with both faculty and students during my time here, and I know that these relationships will also carry into the future."

—Erin Harten ’19, now in grad school at Duke University studying biomedical engineering

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology News

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Student Snapshot: Brigette Stickney ’20

“I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to study health in different cultural contexts around the world,” says Brigette Stickney '20, who's working toward a career as a doctor.

Internship Spotlight: Lauren Kageler

Internship Spotlight: Lauren Kageler '20, Hastings Research Laboratory

This summer, Lauren Kageler '20 was a research assistant in the Hastings Research Lab, where she explored using biochemistry to reduce waste.

A Look Inside Dickinson College

A Look Inside Dickinson College's Rector Science Complex

It's been a decade since the Rector Science Complex was unveiled. See why it remains a wildly popular spot for science students, and how it helps spur innovative student research.

Stepping Up to the Plate

Stepping Up to the Plate

Going into the 2019 Centennial Conference playoffs, the women’s softball team had two secret weapons: pitchers Madison Milaszewski ’19 and Killian Kueny ’19.

Internship Spotlight: Katie Koczirka

Internship Spotlight: Katie Koczirka '20, Boston Children's Hospital

Katie Koczirka '20 is spending her summer as an intern at the Boston Children's Hospital, where she's sharpening her lab skills while working alongside professional cancer researchers.

Internship Spotlight: Zoey Miller

Internship Spotlight: Zoey Miller '20, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Zoey Miller '20 is spending her second summer in a row at CHOP as a research intern, sharpening the skills she's learned in the labs at Dickinson.