B.S. in Biochemistry


Program Description

The Siena biochemistry program provides one-on-one attention from the beginning that leads to enhanced research and learning opportunities. As a result, our alumni have high placement rates whether they pursue a job, graduate school or professional school.

As a biochemistry major at Siena, you’ll learn from faculty members who are teacher-scholars. They run vibrant undergraduate research programs while remaining student-centered, emphasizing student participation and engagement both in and out of the classroom. Our department is housed in Siena’s state-of-the-art Morrell Science Center, with additional laboratories and classroom space in the adjacent Roger Bacon Hall.

Program Highlights

  • Research opportunities for undergraduates.
  • Small classes: Our largest classroom only seats 36 students and our largest lab has space for 16 students.
  • Classes and labs taught by faculty (no graduate teaching assistants).
  • Hands-on experience through the SAInT Center, which houses cutting edge, research grade scientific instruments.
  • Access to the Siena College High-Performance Computing Cluster.
  • Opportunity to present research at regional and national conferences.
  • Opportunity to work with faculty on nationally competitive research grants.
  • Development of critical thinking, communication, research, advanced instrumentation, data analysis and technical writing skills.

Requirements for the Major (53 credits)

  • BIOL220 - Cell Biology 4 credits
  • BIOL260 - Molecular Genetics 4 credits
  • BIOL420 - Biochemistry 4 credits


  • BIOL320 - Microbiology 4 credits


  • BIOL255 - Comp.Anatomy of Vertebrates 4 credits


  • BIOL425 - Molecular Biology 4 credits


  • CHEM110 - General Chemistry 1 4 credits
  • CHEM120 - General Chemistry II 4 credits
  • CHEM210 - Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
  • CHEM220 - Organic Chemistry II Lectures and Lab 4 credits
  • CHEM225 - Analytical Chemistry 1 3 credits
  • CHEM240 - Inorganic Chemistry 1 3 credits
  • CHEM310 - Thermodynamics + Chemistry Equilib 3 credits
  • CHEM425 - Biochemical Mechanics 3 credits
  • CHEM426 - Senior Research 1 credits
  • CHEM429 - Advanced Biochemical Methods 1 credits


  • BIOL110 - General Biology I 4 credits


  • BIOL170 - Advanced General Biology 4 credits


  • BIOL120 - General Biology II Lecture 4 credits


  • BIOL180 - Advanced Gen Biology Seminar 2 credits


  • BIOL190 - Writing/Research Skills for Biol 3 credits


  • CHEM311 - Chemical Communications 1 credits

Auxiliary Courses (16 credits)

  • MATH110 - Calculus I 4 credits
  • MATH120 - Calculus II 4 credits


  • PHYS110 - General Physics IA Lectures and Lab 4 credits


  • PHYS130 - General Physics I 4 credits


  • PHYS120 - Gen Physics IIA Lectures and Lab 4 credits


  • PHYS140 - General Physics II 4 credits

Graduate Schools Attended by our Graduates

  • Albany Medical College
  • Brown University
  • Colorado State University
  • Cornell University
  • Miami University
  • New York University Center for Bioethics
  • Penn State University
  • SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Stanford University
  • Tufts University
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • UMass-Lowell
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Oregon
  • Yale University

Medical Schools Attended by our Graduates

  • Albany Medical College
  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • SUNY Downstate Medical University
  • University at Buffalo Medical School

Professional Schools Attended by our Graduates

  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Pace University School of Law
  • University at Albany (Masters of Social Work)

Employers of our Graduates

  • Albany Medical College
  • Albany Molecular Research, Inc.
  • AngioDynamics
  • Atotech, Inc
  • Bioreclamation
  • Craig Hospital
  • Epic Systems
  • Global Foundries
  • Kaleida Health
  • North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Saratoga Hospital
  • Wadsworth Center-New York State Dept. of Health
Last updated Jan 2018

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