Student works in science lab

Biological Chemistry

An interdisciplinary science major that’s all about inquiry.

Are you into biology and chemistry? Want to learn more about the chemical processes going on in cells? As a biological chemistry major you’ll dive deep into research through classes, labs, and independent projects to discover answers and even more questions. You’ll examine the structure and function of nucleic acids, lipids, proteins, and carbohydrates and their interactions with cells. You’ll learn research techniques and methods of inquiry specific to the interrelated topics at the heart of biological chemistry with faculty mentors, experts in biology and chemistry, at your side. Whether you’re off to graduate school, medical school, or straight to a career in health sciences, research, or education, you’ll be thoroughly prepared.

Department News

Erick Leggans and Ariel Richards '23 sit on limestone benches outside the Humanities and Social Studies Center.

Ariel Richards ’23 Receives Fellowship from American Society of Pharmacognosy

Ariel Richards ’23 has been selected for a competitive American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) Summer Research Fellowship (SRF). She is synthesizing molecules and evaluating their biological activity in the lab of Erick Leggans, assistant professor of chemistry at Grinnell College and member of the ASP. ASP members investigate plants and other natural products for drug discovery.

Leslie Gregg-Jolly Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Biology professor Leslie Gregg-Jolly honored for advancing educational equity in Iowa.
Goyal, Bailey, and Gubner at poster session

Digging into Cancer Research

Students collaborate with a faculty mentor on health-related science.

Department Information


Noyce Science Center
1116 Eighth Ave
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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