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.


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


  • 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.


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


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.


BCH 260. Special Topics.
BCH 307. Directed Study.
BCH 308. Directed Research (0.25 unit).
BCH 309. Directed Research (0.50 unit).
BCH 360. Special Topics.
BCH 412. Biochemistry Seminar.
BCH 499. Comprehensive Evaluation.

BIO 161. Ecology and Evolution.
BIO 185. Cell and Molecular Biology.
BIO 221. Genetics.
Two electives from:
BIO 314. Molecular Biology.
BIO 326. Developmental Biology.
BIO 328. Immunology.
BIO 333. Microbiology.
BIO 334. Virology.
BIO 336. Cell Biology.

CHE 161. Principles of Chemistry I.
CHE 185. Principles of Chemistry II.
CHE 221. Organic Chemistry I.
CHE 222. Organic Chemistry II.
CHE 341. Biochemistry I.
CHE 342. Biochemistry II.
One elective from:
CHE 311. Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics.
CHE 324. Inorganic Chemistry.
CHE 325. Instrumental Analysis.
CHE 326. Quantitative Analysis.


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