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What will I learn?

You will take a series of courses in chemistry and biology, combined with math and physics classes. Research will be a major component of your coursework.

Topics in chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics.

A biochemistry major can take you down a variety of paths

Whether it's preparation for graduate school or launching into your career, everyone in the biochemistry department will be supporting you. Simpson graduates have been accepted into prestigious graduate schools, have landed some exciting internships (remember how close to Des Moines we are), and embarked on fulfilling careers. 

Explore the Chemistry Department

Have questions? You can find more information here. We'd also love to give you a tour of Simpson's campus and introduce you to a chemistry faculty member.


Simpson Success Stories

This is what success looks like

Our students and alumni share how Simpson helped them define achievement on their own terms

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Research sparks Simpson startup

Research sparks Simpson startup

Research collaboration between professor and student produces innovative genetic technology

What I learned as a student that was super important was that if you want to solve a big problem, it has to be interdisciplinary.

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Brendan Owings ’20

Brendan Owings ’20

Balancing extracurricular activites with coursework helped prepare the former student-athlete for the dental program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

I feel prepared [for dental school] because I was able to learn effective time-management skills from balancing my classes and extracurriculars at Simpson.

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Travis Mickle '95

Travis Mickle '95

Pharmaceutical Research For ADHD

The challenge that still sticks out in my mind was going from organic lab to an English comp course and having to basically switch brains and my train of thought multiple times a day. By challenging me early on in my college career, I realized that I could do and be anything if I just set my mind to it.

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