In earlier years of this discipline, the focus was on structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates and small molecules such as vitamins. Today the logical approach and tools of biochemical science are being expanded to new areas in neuroscience, developmental biology, immunology, pharmacology and synthetic biology (the design of analogs of biological systems). Training in biochemistry begins with a foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Some courses offered in other departments, including engineering, geology and computer science, are also useful. A key component of this program is the year of hands-on research carried out in collaboration with a faculty member here at Brown. Faculty sponsors are drawn from both the Chemistry Department and the Division of Biology and Medicine, and include basic science and clinical faculty.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Develop a foundation in physics, chemistry and biology
  • Know how to handle and interpret scientific data
  • Demonstrate competence in quantitative methods
  • Conduct one year of research in collaboration with a basic science or clinical faculty member

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: John Rush, David Lu, Julia Kiely

Class Year Total Students Capstone Graduates Honors Graduates
2014 22  22  13 
2015 18  18  13 
2016 18  18  16 
2017 13  13  11 
2018 16  11  11