The Interdepartmental Major in Biological Chemistry provides exceptional training for students with interests at the interface of chemistry and biology. The major includes courses in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Math and Physics to provide a broad training in fundamental principles and contemporary ideas in biochemistry and molecular biology. Students are exposed to contemporary research throughout the curriculum through both investigative lab experiences in coursework that start at the introductory level and extensive research collaborations with faculty in Biological Sciences and Chemistry.
The Biological Chemistry major began in 1966 as “Molecular Biology,” and is the longest-continuing interdisciplinary major at Wellesley. In 2006 and 2007 we honored the program by featuring a 40th Anniversary Lecture Series in Biological Chemistry that brought back alumnae to talk to majors and the College community about their careers and scholarly work. The major has evolved through the years to reflect changes in the field, most recently with the introduction of a new integrated laboratory course in biochemistry and biophysics.
Students in courses and research utilize state-of-the-art instruments and tools used in current biological chemistry research. Wellesley College was among the first colleges to acquire an electron microscope and a confocal microscope. Our most recent acquisitions include a DNA sequencer, a MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer and a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer. Examples of some of the student research projects using these instruments and others can be seen in Student Research.
If you are considering whether a major in biological chemistry is right for you or have other questions, check out the Biological Chemistry FAQs or contact a member of the advisory committee to talk more about our program.