Undergraduate Programs

The field of biochemistry encompasses an extremely broad and ever-growing variety of topics, including the study of proteins and nucleic acids, control of gene expression, and the molecular basis for diseases such as metabolic disorders, cancer, and infectious diseases. The Department of Biochemistry is a research-based department within the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine that offers undergraduate majors.

A Wide Range of Career Options 

With a degree in biochemistry, you'll be prepared for a wide range of career choices, including biomedical research at universities or in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or chemical industries. A biochemistry major also prepares you well for medical school and graduate school in biomedical science.

Biochemistry Majors at CWRU 

Biochemistry is one of the largest undergrad majors on campus (~7th largest at CWRU). Research is a key part of our major, and there are many excellent research opportunities within our department and the School of Medicine. Plus, with easy access to nearby hospitals, such as Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and the VA, you will have around 200 labs from which to choose (learn more about our research, and when and how to find a research lab).

New for 2022-2023:  freshmen may apply for the Research Honors track in Biochemistry.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program 

The Hanson Summer Research Scholar Program provides support for undergraduates to be involved in biochemical research during the summer. Learn more about our Undergrad Summer Research Program.

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry

The Biochemistry Department offers undergraduate programs leading to either a B.A. or B.S. degree. The main difference between the two programs is the greater emphasis on quantitative sciences in the B.S. program, including additional mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Both curricula are rigorous and emphasize research experience. Required courses include a Departmental SAGES course that emphasizes analysis of the primary biochemical literature. The Senior Capstone in Biochemistry consists of thesis deciphering results from the student research experience.

For more information, contact the program's coordinator Dr. David Samols.

Case Undergraduate Biochemistry Society (CUBS)

CUBS is a student-run organization for students interested in Biochemistry. It organizes social events that build cameraderie and provide an opportunity for networking. It also offers peer mentoring and shared experiences in the Biochemistry major and in biochemical research. For more information, please visit their web site.

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