Chemistry is the science of change. By studying the basic properties of substances and the many transformations they undergo, the chemist finds solutions to scientific challenges and contributes to the development of new technologies. Discoveries include new life saving drugs, solutions to environmental problems, new products to benefit consumers--all result from the work of chemists.
Biochemistry is the study of the physical and chemical mechanisms underlying biological systems. Together with your faculty advisor, our pre-health/biology career advisor will assist you in preparing for your future endeavors, whether you pursue research or a graduate/professional program. Biochemistry majors at Illinois Wesleyan have the opportunity to participate in hands-on research. In fact, 80% of our biochemistry majors participate in lab research before graduation. Past biochemistry majors have researched sickle cell anemia, worked on the translation of the living kidney donor list, presented their research at conferences and won awards. Their work has transcended the classroom and made a difference in their lives and the lives of others.