Studying Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Kenyon
This interdisciplinary program offers majors in biochemistry, which explores the structure and function of biologically important compounds, and molecular biology, which focuses on how molecules convert information into chemical reactions. Kenyon’s innovative blend of biology and chemistry is rooted in research and hands-on experimentation, allowing students to engage in high-level, cutting-edge work that is usually not experienced until graduate school.
Kenyon ranks eighth in the country (and ahead of every Ivy) for the proportion of STEM grads to earn a doctorate in a STEM field.
75students a year pursue College-funded research projects in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.
Futures in Medicine
More than 90 percent of Kenyon applicants with solid grades and test scores are accepted to medical school. Learn more about premed advising.
$1Mgrant from the the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The grant is one of several that Kenyon scientists have earned to foster a more inclusive and diverse scientific community.
The world is teeming with microorganisms, many of which are capable of bringing us to our knees. Despite this looming devastation, most people manage to stay healthy. In this class, we embark on a journey through the immune system, studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms that protect against infection.
Biochemistry and Society
Our growing understanding of life in molecular terms has yielded excitement about personalized medicine and concerns about abuses of technology. This seminar, one of a series taught by Kenyon President Sean Decatur, explores these topics while probing their ethical and cultural contexts and the dilemmas they pose
Is your water safe? How do you know what compounds are in your local environment, food and body? How do you measure and quantify these compounds, and convince yourself that your measurements are valid? This course explores the theory and practice of quantitative chemical analysis.
This skills lab course teaches fundamental methods of gene isolation, manipulation and characterization. Techniques include the isolation of DNA and RNA from tissues and cells, recombinant DNA technique, expression of genes in heterologous systems, the polymerase chain reaction, measurement of gene expression and more.