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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Lindsay Hill ’05 Batorski, Ph.D., is part of a research team devoted to discovering a vaccine to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”
Construction work has begun for a new Science Center that will right-size campus facilities and transform the academic experience for students.


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

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

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....

Biochemistry major, Bioinformatics minor

“I love working in the lab and being around people who eat, breathe and sleep science,” says Grace Muganda. “It’s a great big family inside the Science Center—a real community. It’s marvelous to talk about your work with the faculty and other students. You can talk to the professors about anything, anytime. I can go to them with questions about life, worries about graduate school—anything. They really care about us.

“You can get a great education here. I completed an internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison last summer, and I was the only intern in the group who had written a lab report fit for publication. I’m confident I can go anywhere and do anything I want to do.”

In fact, she’s well...

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...