North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose biochemistry at North Central College?

In our investigative, interdisciplinary biochemistry program, you will gain a strong foundation in both biology and chemistry. You’ll prepare for a future in molecular life science, learn valuable techniques and use cutting-edge instruments as you explore how DNA and proteins interact to make up living cells. Original research with faculty mentors is a key component of the major; you'll present your work in our seminar series and may be able to share your findings at a national conference or in a publication. Our graduates go on to top-ranked graduate and medical schools and to jobs with industry-leading employers.

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North Central College recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence throughout their college careers on Honors Day.
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Matthew McCary ’10 has been awarded a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship for research in Iceland through the University of Wisconsin.


Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in biochemistry have been accepted at:

  • University of Colorado (Pharmacology)
  • University of Wisconsin (Microbiology)
  • DePaul University Law School
  • University of Illinois (Veterinary School)
  • University of Chicago (Chemistry)

Medical and Professional Schools

Recent graduates in biochemistry have attended:

  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
  • Michigan State University Medical School
  • Rush University Medical School
  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of York


  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Boston Scientific
  • Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals
  • New Trier High School
  • Northwestern University
  • Pierce Chemical Co.
  • Sigma-Aldrich
Biochemistry major

A biochemistry major, Mary never feels isolated when she encounters a new challenge.

“One of the great things about North Central College is that students get to know each other really quickly. The science center feels like one big family, which is great because you always have peers around to study with and learn from,” she says. “As a biochemistry major, you don’t want to do all your schoolwork alone.”

There’s also another group Mary can always count on—her professors.

“Their doors are always open and they’re always willing to help, regardless of their office hours. Honestly, I’ve never bothered to learn office hours because I’ve always been able to just stop by when I have a question....

Pre-Pharmacy and Biochemistry

Wanting to prepare as much as possible for graduate school, Jane jumped right into pharmacy preparation at North Central College.

Though the science curriculum provided the prerequisite coursework necessary for applying to pharmacy school, Jane decided to take her experience to the next level. She was a preceptor and lab assistant for different science courses. In these roles, she supplemented the professor’s teaching by helping students with course material and assisting in lab work.

North Central’s pre-professional health care coordinator helped Jane every step of the way in pursuing her pre-pharmacy degree.

“I always left her office knowing the next step toward pursuing my career goals,...


Kelsey couldn’t decide between pursuing a major in biology or chemistry. With the biochemistry program, she didn’t have to.

“If I focused on one thing, would I be better at it?” she said. “I don’t know, but I know I have a lot of interests.”

An active member of the student community, Kelsey was president of the College’s Pre-Health Organization and secretary of the biology honor society Beta Beta Beta. She studied abroad in Ireland and presented original research at the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, National Conference on Undergraduate Research and North Central’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

While she primarily focused on academics, Kelsey explored her...

Biochemistry major

Becky chose to begin her journey to medical school and career quest as a pediatrician at North Central College. Pursuing a major in biochemistry is a good foundation and combines her dual interests in biology and chemistry.

“North Central’s science curriculum is known for its rigor. Labs can be challenging and time-consuming but very rewarding. You’re getting real lab experience here.”

She gained additional research experience through her minor in psychology, where she studied the effects of caffeine on introversion and extroversion with a psychology professor. Becky presented the study at the College’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Becky has gained administrative experience as...