Coe students working in a science lab


Hannah Koster

Early Exposure to Hands-on Experiences

Hanna Koster ’18 interned in a biochemistry department at a major university the summer after her sophomore year. “I did research on protein crystallography, and I was actually lucky enough to solve my protein structure the first month I was there!”

Why Biochemistry at Coe?

Biochemistry is the study of the molecules that constitute living systems. It is one of the most exciting fields of science today.

Biochemists use a tremendous variety of tools — ranging from x-ray crystallography to column chromatography — to study the processes of life in microorganisms and in humans. Research in biochemistry ranges from the study of molecular dynamics of proteins to drug development for human diseases. The discipline of biochemistry also is the link from chemistry to many other health-related areas such as pharmacology, molecular biology and microbiology.

At Coe, the biochemistry concentration is an excellent course of study if you wish to pursue a career in the health professions or continue your studies in graduate school. It is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes a deep knowledge of chemistry in addition to familiarity with the tools of molecular biology. This set of coursework will prepare you for a variety of career options.

Alyssa Olsen

Small School, Big Opportunities

Alyssa Olson ’19

“Being friendly and talking with my professors has given me opportunities I never would have gotten at another school.”

Alyssa conducted summer research with two Coe professors and completed an internship in the health field. She chose Coe for the opportunity to do all this and compete as a varsity athlete.