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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.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the biochemistry major at Le Moyne College is to provide students with a broad and deep scientific background on the border between biological and chemical sciences to make them competitive for advanced degree programs, and professions in biochemistry, molecular biology,biomedical science, biotechnology and related areas. We strive to give our graduates the analytical and critical tools to work in the interdisciplinary areas, emphasizing the importance of clear, effective, and factual communication.


    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 have...

    1. Skillfully applied key concepts in biological chemistry and molecular biology to systems at the interface of chemistry and biology.
    2. Successfully carried out a broad range of laboratory investigations utilizing specialized equipment relevant to the discipline.
    3. Analyzed chemical or biological systems using appropriate conceptual models.
    4. Constructed or critiqued the design of an experiment in biochemistry or molecular biology.
    5. Competently applied quantitative reasoning skills to biochemical systems.
    6. Reported scientific and technical information clearly and critically in a style appropriate to the discipline.

    Our Next Natural Science Seminar

    Upcoming Seminars
    Friday, November 3rd

    Synthesis and Characterization of Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metal-NNN Pincer Complexes
    Devon Haugh '18, Le Moyne College

    Syracuse University REU: Studies Toward the Lewis Acid-Mediated Synthesis of α-Methylene-γ-butyrolactones
    Shania Hayward ’18, Le Moyne College

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

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

    Get in Touch

    Contact the Department Chair:

    Dr. Anna Y. O'Brien


    (315) 445-4674


    Contact the Department:

    Coyne Science Center 312
    Department of Chemistry
    Le Moyne College
    1419 Salt Springs Road
    Syracuse, NY 13214


    (315) 445-4349


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