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Welcome to the Biochemistry Program!

About the Biochemistry Program

Biochemistry has grown to occupy an important and influential position in both of its parent disciplines, chemistry and biology. The biochemistry major offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that is designed to allow students to focus on either the biological or the chemical aspects of the boundary between these two disciplines.

A major in biochemistry can prepare students for advanced studies in biochemistry, biology or chemistry; for advanced studies in the health professions; for employment in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries; or (with further study) for careers in public health policy or patent or environmental law.


The director of the major is the chair of Chemistry; however, because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program, curricular oversight is shared with the Department of Biological Sciences. There are no separate biochemistry faculty. The faculty of the biochemistry program are the faculty of chemistry and biological sciences.

Courses and Requirements for Biochemistry

If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities for the Biochemistry major, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.

Learning Goals for the Biochemistry Major

As an interdisciplinary program whose curriculum overlaps extensively with both biology and chemistry, it is natural that the learning goals of the biochemistry curriculum also overlap extensively with the majors of biological sciences and chemistry.

  1. An understanding of biological chemistry, molecular biology, and related subdisciplines of biology and chemistry.
  2. Working knowledge of a broad range of laboratory techniques, including proficiency with and safe operation of the major tools commonly employed (quantitative, qualitative, and instrumental) and the ability to interpret and analyze data generated by these tools.
  3. Facility in constructing or using conceptual models of chemical and biological systems using critical, analytical, and logical thought.
  4. Working knowledge of the relationship between theory and experimental design; an understanding of the role of “scientific method” in experimental design and data interpretation.
  5. Facility with mathematics required to analyze and interpret conceptual and mathematical models of biological and chemical systems.
  6. The ability to write, critically read, and discuss scientific literature.
  7. General understanding of the relationship of chemistry and biology to other natural sciences and to society.

Get in Touch

Contact the Department Chair:

Dr. Carmen Giunta


(315) 445-4128


Contact the Department:

Coyne Science Center 120
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-3201