"The WIU Department of Chemistry was fundamental in my development as a student and undergraduate researcher. Learning chemistry takes two parts: understanding abstract concepts and applying that knowledge in the laboratory. At WIU, I was able to explore the different disciplines of chemistry through the courses taught by enthusiastic faculty, as well as perform research outside of the classroom. This experience allowed me to make an informed choice in pursuing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry."  Josh Diaz, B.S. Chemistry, May 2016

Biochemistry.The study of biochemistry leads to an appreciation for the diversity of living systems as well as the similarity of the metabolic processes occurring in those diverse organisms. Biochemical knowledge is also having profound influence on areas as diverse as medicine and agriculture. As the mechanisms by which diseases destroy living systems are explained, new medical treatments can be developed. New varieties of plants are being produced which resist pests and can resist weed killers. New information is rapidly being transferred from the research laboratory to practical application.

Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of living systems. Between the traditional fields of chemistry and biology, biochemists must be well-trained in both fields.

Biochemistry includes the study of chemical processes involved in the formation and breakdown of substances which make up living systems as well as the processes involved in movement, transmission of signals, and reproduction of organisms. An understanding of biochemical processes has contributed to the production of new drugs and agricultural products using recombinant DNA technology.

A dynamic and interesting major, Biochemistry is the newest branch of chemistry, with enormous growth in the past 30 years. Most biochemical knowledge has been generated by individuals who are still living.

Possible Careers

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Forensic laboratories
  • Foods
  • Biotechnology

Why Choose Biochemistry at WIU?

Most studies predict a shortage of chemists of all types, making job markets excellent for many years to come.

Our Students

  • get highly individualized advisement and mentorship from our faculty.
  • participate in departmental research grants and contracts; involve them as “doers and thinkers” in novel, cutting edge research.
  • become involved in research learn techniques and instrument use not normally accessible in a large instructional setting.
  • travel to state, regional, national, and international conferences via faculty research grant funding.
  • present their research data, mix with and meet chemists from across the US around the world.
  • have made 47 research presentations in the past few years at the national American Chemical Society or the national American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meetings in Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans, San Diego Washington DC, and San Francisco.
  • become published authors!
  • have been listed as coauthors with the chemistry faculty in over 100 referred journal articles during the past four years alone. Most of these have been in nationally or internationally known journals, such as the Journal of Organic Chemistry, the Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Organic Letters, Applications in Biotechnology and Microbiology, Experimental Biology, the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and many, many more.
  • graduate our program with impressive resumes!
  • gain top flight careers!

At A Glance

Degrees Available:

  • B.S.
  • M.S.

Major: Yes
Minor: Yes
Graduate Degree: Yes
Campus: Macomb

Study Opportunities:

  • GradTrac
  • Honors
  • Teacher Certification

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