As a student in WPI’s Biochemistry undergraduate degree program, you will make important discoveries at the intersection of chemistry and biology as you study and unravel complicated chemical processes of living organisms—and apply your findings to make a real-world difference.

You will be exposed to the cutting edge in Biochemistry, both in the classroom and through hands-on experience via lab and project work that brings the excitement of scientific inquiry to life.

From day one, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities—like our Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center—where you will ask and answer important questions about the world around us, from studying how cells respond to drugs to using artificial photosynthesis to create renewable energy.

Measuring instruments for biochemistry

Curriculum

Our Biochemistry program will deepen your content knowledge and give you hands-on expertise using scientific tools and techniques to further your understanding of the processes and transformations that occur in living organisms.

You will study foundational and advanced topics in biochemistry, biology, and chemistry, as well as mathematical sciences and physics. Throughout your program, you will have many opportunities to apply your knowledge through project work and laboratory research aimed at tackling real-world challenges.

If you are interested in pursuing a health-related career, WPI’s Biochemistry degree requirements include all the technical courses needed for admission to medical, dental, and veterinary schools.

Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

At WPI, students are immersed in applying their knowledge to solve significant problems through hands-on projects, both in the classroom and in communities around the globe. In the process, they gain research skills, a talent for teamwork, the confidence to dive right in and new perspectives of the world.

Our Global Projects Program gives students the opportunity to contribute to communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.

Biochemistry majors might find themselves working on projects focused on...

  • Novel treatment strategies for pancreatic and breast cancer
  • Development of protein tools to control neurons and muscles with light
  • Single molecule microscopy: following membrane signaling one molecule at a time
  • Synthesizing caged metal compounds for biological applications
Students at a Project Center working on a mountain top

Student Profiles

Naomi Otoo
Naomi O.
Sophomore, BS in Biochemistry (Pre-Med)

Naomi’s work in WPI’s Quantitative Neurotechnology and Education Psychology labs gives her the problem-solving skills she’ll need to excel as a surgeon.

WPI student voice Rashid
Rashid C.
Senior, BS in Biochemistry

A Jamaican-born biochemistry student finds that WPI’s project-based curriculum suits his hands-on learning style.

Whitney Davis
Whitney D.
Junior, BS in Biochemistry (Pre-Med) & Minor in Spanish

At WPI, Whitney pursues a broad array of outside interests while gaining the perfect preparation for medical school.

Getting Involved

Getting Involved

WPI students explore diverse interests outside the classroom through activities ranging from competitive sports to creative writing groups. You may also join WPI’s chapter of the American Society for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to network with fellow biochemistry students and professionals throughout the nation.

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After Graduation