Academic Programs


Biochemistry Track

Possible career options:

  • College professor
  • Laboratory technician
  • Medical researcher
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative

Where our graduates study:

  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Stanford University
  • Yale University
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical School
  • University of Wisconsin

Positions our graduates have held:

  • Bioanalytical chemist, Eli Lilly
  • Senior chemist, Parke Davis and Company
  • Medical doctor, University of Louisville Medical School
  • Professor, University of Michigan
  • Mass spectroscopist, Pfizer Research and Development
  • Research toxicologist, Shell Oil

Program Overview

As a chemistry student at Transylvania, you'll become skilled at problem solving, develop a strong foundation in all areas of chemistry, and gain an excellent foundation for graduate studies or a scientific career. You'll have the opportunity to participate in the American Chemical Society's student affiliate group and attend national meetings to report on research and learn what chemists are doing around the world.

A degree in chemistry provides a foundation for a career in biochemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science, medicine, and other health care areas. If you're interested in pursuing an advanced degree in chemical engineering, you may want to consider one of Transylvania's two engineering options.

Many chemists work in the private sector, particularly in industry, where they develop and improve products and processes. Government agencies also employ chemists in medical, agricultural, and other research.

The Transylvania Edge

Transylvania students can train on a variety of instruments, including a high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, mass spectrometer, gas chromatograph, ultraviolet and Fourier-transformed infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometers, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), atomic absorption (AA) spectrometer, and Raman spectrometer. At larger universities, undergraduate students may not have access to this variety of equipment.

American Chemical Society Student Affiliate

As the student branch of the largest professional society in the world, this organization promotes student research in the chemical sciences—both on and off campus, encourages outreach in the community at schools and science fairs, and provides social and career networking opportunities. Student members typically work with a Transylvania faculty member on research projects, which commonly are presented at the American Chemical Society national and regional meetings. The national society partially finances outreach efforts and student travel to national conferences.

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