Biochemistry

In medicine, it's errors in biochemistry that cause most diseases. That’s why so many students interested in medicine are attracted to the biochemistry major at Hanover. By focusing on the molecular aspects of biology, especially DNA, you can better understand the chemical processes and reactions that occur in humans and other living creatures. You may also develop a better understanding of food production, how to grow better crops and how to develop biofuels for energy.

With small class sizes, you'll work closely with experienced faculty and have an uncommon level of access to the college’s well-supplied lab.

A (much) closer look

As a biochemistry major, you’ll spend your time studying the molecules and reactions found in living systems. You’ll study metabolism and how humans convert food and nutrients into energy that allows us to move and grow. And you’ll study how humans make complex biomolecules through biosynthesis pathways. Along the way, you’ll use sophisticated lab equipment to get a much closer look, including:

  • Spectophometer to study enzyme reactions
  • Gel electrophoresis to isolate and identify proteins and nucleic acids
  • High-pressure liquid chromatography to isolate proteins and metabolites

What do biochemistry majors study?

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Cell biology

Although pre-med is not a major, biochemistry students often consider careers in medicine. The biochemistry program will give you all the necessary prerequisites to attend medical school. Those who take the course in human anatomy have the unique opportunity to work with a human cadaver as an undergraduate.

Educating the whole person

A liberal arts school, Hanover College educates the whole person. In addition to gaining scientific knowledge and skills, you will develop strong skills in communication and critical thinking. Such a broad-based, liberal arts education is the best way to prepare for the future.

Careers

  • Medical doctor
  • Biochemist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physiologist
  • Bioenergy
  • High school teacher
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Lab technician
  • Research assistant

Internships and research opportunities

You will have opportunities for research through the college faculty, as well as through relationships with other top research universities, including Indiana University and the University of Louisville. Students can also propose research projects and engage in faculty collaboration. The college encourages students to experience summer internships and assists with those placements.

Courses

Number
Name
Credits
Description
BIO 161
Ecology and Evolution
1
An introduction to the scientific study of life with an emphasis on evolution, ecology and classical genetics. The nature and practice of sciencewill be examined throughout the course. For prospective pre-health-profession students and natural science majors. Partially satisfies the Natural World LADR. This class is open only to first-year students.
BIO 185
Cell and Molecular Biology
1
An introduction to the scientific study of life with emphasis on the chemistry of life, cells, and physiology. For prospective natural science majors and pre-health-profession students. Prerequisite: Bio 161.
BIO 221
Genetics
1
A survey of molecular, organismal, and population genetics. Laboratory work illustrates basic genetic principles and modern laboratory techniques. Prerequisites: 185. Prerequisite/co-requisite: Che 161 or equivalent.
BIO 314
Molecular Biology
1
A detailed survey of gene structure, function, regulation, and replication as well as the experimental techniques used to understand these phenomena. Prerequisite: 221.
BIO 333
Microbiology
1
A study of the structure and function of bacteria and related organisms. Prerequisite: 221.
BIO 336
Cell Biology
1
A study of the evolution, structure, and functioning of cells. Topics include membranes, bioenergetics, intracellular sorting, the cytoskeleton, cell communication, and cellular mechanisms of development. Laboratory emphasis on the methodology of cell biology. Prerequisite: 221.
CHE 161
Principles of Chemistry I
1
. Presents current theory regarding the nature of matter from the nuclear scale to that of the molecule and a descriptive and theoretical introduction to the chemical reaction; organized around two central ideas: the atom and energy. Partially satisfies Natural World LADR.
CHE 185
Principles of Chemistry II
1
A continuation of 161. Prerequisite: 161.
CHE 221
Organic Chemistry I
1
Sources, structure, nomenclature and properties of organic and biomolecules. Prerequisite: 185.
CHE 222
Organic Chemistry II
1
A continuation of the study of organic reactions with an emphasis on the determination of reaction mechanisms. Components of this course include spectroscopy and theoretical applications. Laboratory components include synthesis, instrumental analysis, and kinetics. Prerequisite: Che 221.
CHE 325
Analytical Chemistry I
1
Chromatography and spectrophotometric methods of analysis, including GC, LC, HPLC, UV-VIS, IR, NMR. Prerequisite: 222.
CHE 341
Biochemistry I
1
Introduction to the application of fundamental chemical principles to the structure and function of proteins. Emphasis on protein structure, enzyme catalysis and kinetics, and special topics in protein chemistry. Laboratory work includes enzyme kinetics and protein purification. Includes student seminars. Prerequisites: Che 222 and Bio 185.
CHE 342
Biochemistry II
1
Examination of energy metabolism and its regulation. Includes carbohydrate, fatty acid, lipid, nucleic acid, and amino acid metabolism. Laboratory work includes protein electrophoresis, peptide mapping, and the interaction of proteins with other biomolecules. Prerequisite: 341.
MAT 121
Calculus I
1
An introduction to the theory of differential and integral calculus for functions of one variable. Includes the concepts of limit, continuity, derivatives, and indefinite integrals and definite integrals, culminating in the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Applications to related rates and optimization problems. Prerequisite: a high-school calculus course or placement via departmental placement test. Satisfies the Abstraction and Formal Reasoning LADR.
PHY 161
General Physics I
1
Introduction to mechanics, fluid mechanics, waves, and sound. Uses basic albegra and trogonometry. Lecture and laboratory. Partially satisfies Natural World LADR.
PHY 185
General Physics II
1
Introduction to electricity, magnetism, and light. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: 161.

Faculty