Explore life’s building blocks where chemistry and biology intersect. Discover—at a fundamental level—how living things function and survive. The natural framework for all organisms, biochemistry describes how life works.

Why study biochemistry at Sewanee?

Mixing the study of chemistry and biology, you’ll examine life on a molecular level. Customize your biochemistry major with an abundance of electives including cell biology, organic chemistry, genetics, immunology, and microbiology.

You’ll work closely with faculty and classmates in a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified building. Your labs will give you hands-on experience in courses ranging from mechanistic biochemistry to biochemistry of metabolism and molecular biology.


Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first jobs.

  • Clinical research coordinator, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Ophthalmic assistant, Southeastern Retina Associates, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • Research coordinator, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and pre-professional programs–about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.

  • D.D.S. dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • D.V.M. veterinary medicine, Texas A&M University
  • Ph.D. biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, Yale University.
  • Ph.D. pharmacy, University of Louisville School of Medicine.

A Sampling of Courses


Programs of Study

Requirements for the Major in Biochemistry

Requirements for the Major and the Minor in Biology | Website

Requirements for the Major and the Minor in Chemistry | Website

Meet some professors


Clint Smith
Associate Professor of Biology, chair of biochemistry major


Spencer Hall 158, Ext. 1383