As a Biochemistry Science Leader at Connecticut College, you will be part of a program designed for students like you: community college and two-year college (2YC) graduates interested in earning a bachelors degree in biochemistry. As part of a cohort of transfer students focusing on biochemistry, you will have the support of a close-knit group of classmates that will help you settle in and become an integral part of life at a small residential liberal arts college. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage in novel biomedical research with faculty at Connecticut College, both during the school year, and during a funded summer internship.

Opportunities in biochemistry

Biochemistry is central to many of the sciences and this major will provide the foundation for numerous possible careers including academic and pharmaceutical research as well as opportunities in the field of healthcare. The biochemistry major is an area of particular strength for Connecticut College. 

Coursework is dynamic and student-centered, with small classes and labs.  Lab work is often project-based, with an emphasis on developing independent scientific thinking as well as laboratory skills. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage in novel biomedical research with faculty at Connecticut College, both during the school year, and during the summer.

Mentorship and support

The Science Leaders program will build on your interest in science by providing thoughtful mentoring and support from our faculty and other science students, including career preparation and counseling and assistance applying to graduate and medical school. In addition to the support within the Science Leaders program, you will have access to Connecticut College’s award-winning career development program and top-notch academic resource center.

Admission criteria

To be accepted into the Biochemistry Science Leaders program, you must have a strong interest in biochemistry. Before enrolling, you must complete the courses listed below at your two-year college with a grade of at least B+ in each of these subjects.

Financial aid

Our goal is to support outstanding students who could not otherwise afford to attend Connecticut College. At Connecticut College, your demonstrated financial need determines the aid we give you. Depending on your need, your family could pay less than you might at a school with much lower tuition and fees. Our highest-need students receive the majority of their aid in the form of grants that do not have to be repaid. Learn more about financial aid.

In addition to your financial aid package, you will receive $3,000 to fund a research opportunity or internship the summer before your senior year. This funding gives you the opportunity to conduct research and still meet your personal financial obligations over the summer. Learn more about our internship program


Cassandra Tierney, Ph.D., director of the Science Leaders II Program at Connecticut College

Cassandra Tierney

Director of the Science Leaders II Program

Cassandra obtained her Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Connecticut in 2009. In 2011 she became a professor at Goodwin College.

Her previous work as an adjunct instructor at Manchester Community College has led to a deep connection to the community college student. As the director of the Science Leaders II program for biochemistry and computer science majors, she is responsible for recruitment of 2YC transfer students, program development, teaching and advising.