A launch pad to your bright future

Biochemistry is one of the most exciting degrees you can pursue in college.

You will apply chemical and physical principles to increase your knowledge of the complex chemical reactions among molecules in biological systems.

Learn to more fully understand life by studying the chemical relationship with the environment. The uses for this knowledge are astounding.

  • Unlock human genomes
  • Study genetic mutations and evolution
  • Cure devastating diseases
  • Make a difference

Work closely with biochemistry faculty on research using the latest equipment and technology—chromatography systems, laser systems and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. Get comfortable in a modern laboratory setting doing research with our first class faculty.

Cutting-edge science, practical implications

Want to use a degree in biochemistry to go to medical school? Smart choice.

With a liberal arts background and valuable research experience, you'll be better prepared to succeed on the latest version of the MCAT exam—which now includes questions on the biochemical foundations of living systems and an increased emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving. Our interdisciplinary minors help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

Or you'll be ready to step right into a job or a graduate program because of your experience on a research internship and/or presenting research at national conferences.

A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.  

Here are some of the courses that biochemistry majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna.  

  • Chemistry I and II  
  • Organic Chemistry I and II 
  • Cell Biology and Genetics 
  • Methods of Chemical Analysis 

Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors.  

Recent graduates have enrolled in programs at:

Albert Einstein School of Medicine
Brown University
Cornell University
Drexel University College of Medicine
Georgetown University
Johns Hopkins University
The Ohio State University
Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Pennsylvania State University
Thomas Jefferson Medical School
University of California, Berkeley
University of Connecticut
Western University of Health Sciences
Yale University

Recent graduates have worked at:

Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
Eli Lilly
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Merck & Co.
National Institutes of Health
Precision Dermatologics

Geneive Elizabeth Henry, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry

Email Address henry@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4222

Swarna Basu, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry


Wade Johnson, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry

Email Address johnsonw@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4224

William G. Dougherty, Jr, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Associate Professor of Chemistry


Lou Ann Tom, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Email Address toml@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4540

Michael A. Parra

Department: Chemistry
Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Audrey K Eroh

Department: Provost
Academic Assistant

Email Address eroh@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4211


million worth of instrumentation


of chemistry majors conduct research


Natural Sciences Center completed

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Lasers, spectrometers and a superconducting NMR, oh my!

Our Biochemistry Major
Our Biochemistry Major

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