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.


  • 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.


CHE 161
Principles of Chemistry I
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. Satisfies the SL CCR and partially satisfies the SM CCR.