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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

    Students who graduate with a Le Moyne degree in biochemistry will be able to:

    1. Exhibit an understanding of key concepts in biological chemistry and molecular biology.
    2. Carry out and interpret laboratory procedures relevant to the discipline.
    3. Analyze chemical or biological systems using appropriate conceptual models.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of “scientific method” by constructing or critiquing the design of an experiment.
    5. Apply quantitative reasoning skills to biological or chemical systems.
    6. Communicate about chemical or biological systems clearly, effectively, and in the style of the discipline, using appropriately evaluated scientific literature.

    Our Next Natural Science Seminar

    Upcoming Seminars
    Friday, February 24

    Studies of Algal Diversity through Genomics and Environmental Samples
    Hilary McManus, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Le Moyne College
    Emilie Oakes '17, Le Moyne College
    Dr. McManus's research focuses on the diversity of photosynthetic eukaryotes and how this diversity has been achieved. Using molecular phylogenetics, phylogenomics, and morphological characterization, McManus and her students uncover species boundaries in freshwater green algae and discover diversity of photosynthetic organisms in places ranging from house gutters in North Carolina to the streams, lakes, and ponds of Iceland.

    Revolutions in Biomedicine
    Mariana Zallo '17, Le Moyne College

    Science Center Addition, Room 100, 3:30-4:30pm

    Click here for the full schedule of Spring 2017 Natural Science seminars.

    Get in Touch

    Contact the Department Chair:

    Dr. Carmen Giunta


    (315) 445-4128


    Contact the Department:

    Coyne Science Center 230
    Department of Chemistry
    Le Moyne College
    1419 Salt Springs Road
    Syracuse, NY 13214


    (315) 445-4349


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