Program overview

Explore the chemical and physical processes that occur in living organisms in a stimulating learning environment with small classes that encourage interaction between fellow students and professors and well-rounded lab experiences. 

Close up shot of test tubes

Program requirements

The biochemistry major merges coursework in physical, life and applied sciences to provide the well-rounded, pre-professional training needed to start your career or pursue advanced studies in a number of medical fields.

Find your path

Students who earn a biochemistry degree from Rider are prepared for a variety of science-related careers or continue their education either in a graduate program or in a professional school in a number of medical fields. Here’s the shortlist of impressive institutions where you’ll find our grads advancing their studies.

Advanced study placements

  • Cornell University
  • John Hopkins University
  • New York University

Let your curiosity roam

Learning goes beyond the classroom with Rider’s abundant research opportunities. You’ll tackle challenging advanced and independent lab work to hone your understanding of the scientific method and collaborate with Ph.D. level faculty to complete research projects. As a result, you’ll build a greater appreciation of science and the nature of your chosen path.

Student-faculty collaboration in science lab
Students walking by Admissions

Why Rider

"I think what I enjoyed the most about pursuing science at Rider is the sense of community that existed. I benefited tremendously from the Science Learning Community and many other student-led groups that allowed me to get to know everyone I was taking classes with over the years. The small class sizes that a school like Rider can provide also allowed me to build strong relationships with many faculty members. Everyone was always working together, and I really enjoyed seeing the growth that we all experienced over time. Pursuing a degree in science is not easy, and being able to lean on my friends and professors within the science departments for academic and personal support was crucial to my successes at Rider."

- Brandon Enalls '15

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Biochemistry (B.S.)

Alexander Grushow

Professor, Department Chair

Department of Earth and Chemical Sciences

Mike and Patti Hennessy Science and Technology Center

grushow [at]


Academic Focus: Chemistry

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