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Anyone who has ever imagined making a more effective
medicine, discovering a cure for a disease, or finding a way to
convert toxic waste into a valuable source of energy may want to
consider a career in biochemistry.
The Department of Biochemistry at Ohio State offers excellent
training in the chemical basis of life and insight into the
chemistry of living systems. The study of biochemistry provides a
good background for further study or employment in many basic
science disciplines. Many undergraduates in biochemistry go on
to professional schools, especially medical schools.
Biochemists look at how living organisms function at the
molecular level. Biochemists may be teachers or they may
be researchers who study such subjects as the structure of
enzymes, the transfer of genetic information, or photosynthesis.
Biochemists investigate how molecular structure determines
biological function, how molecules recognize each other and
how the dynamic chemical changes that occur in cells are
In recent years, basic information gained in biochemical research
has been applied with outstanding success to some of the
fundamental problems of biology. Biochemists have found that
many biochemical processes are shared by all life forms. Basic
research into the complex chemistry of living systems provides a
springboard for practical advances in medicine, agriculture, and
Pursuing Biochemistry at Ohio State
High school students planning to major in biochemistry are
advised to acquire a strong background in mathematics and
science (biology, physics, and especially chemistry). Enriched,
advanced, or honors courses, courses with an associated
laboratory, and research experience are encouraged. Good
written and oral communication skills are also important.
All Ohio State freshman applicants are considered within a
competitive admission process for the Columbus campus.