Biochemistry is a bridge between biology and chemistry and focuses on the structure and function of biomolecules such as DNA and enzymes inside living things. As a biochem major, you’ll study topics like how the human body extracts nutrients from food, how mutations cause disease, how various medicines work, and more.

Suffolk University's biochemistry major offers an intensive, laboratory-based curriculum paired with opportunities for independent research on-campus funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA. The sciences are housed in Suffolk’s newest building on campus, the Samia Academic Center, featuring state-of-the-art labs and research facilities. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re interested in biochemistry, marine biogeochemistry, or pharmacology and toxicology. Our faculty conduct research in a number of areas including computational chemistry, elucidating reaction mechanisms, environmental science, biochemistry, or analytical chemistry.

The Boston area is an ideal place to study the life sciences. The region is known for its extraordinary hospitals, biotech/pharma companies, and laboratories. Come take full advantage of our strong ties to these innovative organizations—many of which are just steps from campus. Your professors will also provide crucial advice when you apply for internships and National Science Foundation Fellowships, allowing you to participate in funded summer research projects here in Boston and across the country. After graduation, Suffolk students go on to work in laboratories and hospitals in Boston and beyond and many others pursue graduate degrees in biochemistry-related fields or the health professions.

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Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

From analyzing complex compounds to connecting with National Science Foundation fellowships, you'll advance your scientific knowledge in our chemistry and biochemistry programs.

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