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Biochemistry B.S.

Study the molecular basis of life through the lenses of chemistry and biology. Consider the structure, function and interaction of proteins, nucleic acids and other biomolecules in biological systems.
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Using techniques from biochemistry and forensic science, Amber Vandepoele '22 optimized a method to separate bacterial, plant and human cells by exploiting cell size and cellular membrane sensitivity as part of her undergraduate research project.

About this Program

  • Learn by doing as you complete independent research and/or pursue internships.
  • Be part of the more than 60% of undergraduate students in the Department of Biology who engage in research or internships, as all students are encouraged to participate, whether or not they have prior experience.
  • Pursue a distinction in biochemistry—challenge yourself to excel academically in your science and mathematics coursework and complete a research project and written thesis before graduation.
  • Showcase your work by presenting at the Department of Biology’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Work collaboratively with talented peers in small lab classes and seminars.
  • Get advice for success in our peer mentoring program, and then pass that on as a junior or senior mentor later during your time at Syracuse.
  • Participate in social activities that will also give you an academic boost, including honor societies like TriBeta and Nu Rho Psi, and more focused student organizations like the Biotechnology Society and Rebecca Lee Pre-Health Society.

Program Information

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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is Syracuse University’s first and largest college. As the home of the liberal arts, our internationally recognized programs provide the cornerstone of a Syracuse University education with 50+ majors in the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities and the social sciences (in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs).
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Pursue core coursework from the fields of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and biochemistry. Then, select from recommended electives based on your career pathway. The Department of Biology recommends distinct elective coursework for students who intend to pursue careers in biology, biochemistry or molecular biology; chemistry; health professions; or pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

  • Be able to recognize theories, concepts and principles from the major sub-fields of biology.
  • Be able to recognize theories, concepts and principles from the major sub-fields of chemistry with emphasis on developing problem-solving skills in inorganic and organic chemistry.
  • Distinguish more specific and advanced concepts in selected areas of biology and/or chemistry.
  • Be able to recognize fundamental biochemical concepts and principles and apply them to problem-solving in biochemistry.
  • Perform accurate and precise biochemical measurements and apply skills in the nature and practice of science, with emphasis on interpretation of experimental results and drawing reasonable conclusions.
  • Communicate effectively through oral and written reports.
  • Perform laboratory research.

  • Principles of Human Toxicology
  • Metals in Medicine
  • Brain and Behavioral Plasticity
  • Biology of Cancer
  • Basic Immunology

Extracurricular Opportunities

Student organization

Alpha Chi Sigma

Alpha Chi Sigma is the professional chemistry fraternity that works to advance knowledge of chemistry in the community and on campus. The group consists of both men and women with various backgrounds and majors, and they are united by the common interest in the science of chemistry. Alpha Chi Sigma, as a professional organization, engages in service projects that are science-related, as well as non-science-related activities.

Study abroad

Study Abroad in Copenhagen

Immerse yourself in the heart of old Copenhagen through the DIS Copenhagen semester program, an affiliate of the Syracuse University World Partner program. Within walking distance to research libraries, government buildings, European Union agencies, the Royal Ballet and Opera, and superb art collections, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the city and its people, gaining from its resources.


Undergraduate Research Conference

The Department of Biology organizes an Undergraduate Research Conference each year. During the conference, students who have been conducting research tell others about their work through published writing and poster presentations.

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