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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, March 24

    Acid pH and Metabolic Signaling in Cancer and Heart Attack
    Paul Brookes, Ph.D., Professor, University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry

    Ischemic preconditioning (IPC) is an endogenous protective phenomenon, in which short bursts of ischemia can protect the heart from a prolonged ischemic attack. Despite over 20 years of study, the precise molecular mechanisms of protection are still unclear. The Brookes lab’ studies the mechanisms of cardioprotection induced by IPC, with a focus on events at the level of mitochondria. We use several model systems, ranging in complexity from isolated mitochondria, through isolated cardiomyocytes, to perfused rat hearts, and all the way up to in-vivo heart surgery in mice. These models enable us to study both the physiology of the heart, and the biochemical events underlying any physiological changes.

    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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