The field of biochemistry is one of the most vital and dynamic of the sciences. Understanding biological processes at the molecular level allows for greater insights into life itself, as well as cutting-edge disease therapies and prevention. Knox’s biochemistry major is a well-rounded program that covers biochemistry and cell and molecular biology. It’s the major of choice for a wide variety of careers, especially if you are interested in biomedical research and health care.
The biochemistry major consists of a core sequence of courses in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry. Students also take an elective from one of those three areas or may choose to take coursework in immunology, molecular medicine, pharmacology, developmental biology or physiology. The major culminates in the senior capstone experience, requiring a research project or in-depth library project.
Each segment of the curriculum is developed broadly, while progressively teaching you the skills needed for in-depth work. Finally, in senior-level research, you develop a project proposal that connects to a faculty member’s current research efforts, assemble the appropriate materials, conduct the research, and produce a final report.
The biochemistry program is located in the Sharvy Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center. Scientific equipment is housed in several special research centers, as well as in individual faculty members’ laboratories. Facilities include:
The Kresge Science-Mathematics Library provides easy access to 30,000 books and scientific journals, including more than 70 journals in biology and chemistry alone, that supplement the College’s main collection of more than 281,000 volumes in Seymour Library.
Knox College students in the Alternatives to Consumerism class traveled in groups for a community action project that involved giving away LED light bulbs in exchange for traditional, incandescent bulbs.
Knox's new Creating Opportunities and Access in Science and Technology (COAST) initiative will offer academic and financial support to students planning on careers in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry.
Capping off Earth Month, members of the Knox College and Galesburg community gather for a Day of Service and an Earth Day Festival featuring, music, art, and information focused on the environment.