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Study and research the structure and interaction of proteins, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules as they relate to their function in biological systems.

Biochemistry student uses microscope in lab

A degree in biochemistry will prepare you to improve medicines and diagnostic agents, control disease, and help manage chemical factors that affect general health and well-being. This degree is ideal if you are planning to pursue a career or an advanced degree in:

  • Biology
  • Biotechnical industry
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Health professions
  • Molecular biology
  • Pharmaceutical industry

I belong to Phi Delta Epsilon, a pre-medical fraternity. We volunteer at blood drives, attend educational banquets and have discussions about current health policies and common ethical controversies in science.

—Komal Safdar ’15, Biochemistry

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Core coursework covers biology and chemistry. Sample courses include:

  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Metals in Medicine
  • Proteins and Nucleic Acids Lab
  • General Physics II

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

In addition to coursework, the biochemistry major provides extensive field and extracurricular opportunities so that students can earn hands-on experience in the industry.

  • Conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member in the Research in Biochemistry course.
  • Present your thesis before the end of your final semester at a symposium designed for undergraduate researchers.
  • Join Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity that works to advance knowledge of chemistry in the community and on campus.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Biochemistry majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in Florence, London, Madrid, and Strasbourg, and to our World Partner program DIS Copenhagen.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in biochemistry, you can explore such careers as:

  • Pharmacist
  • Medical scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Clinical research associate
  • Healthcare scientist

Or pursue a graduate degree medicine, chemistry, education, public health, public administration, or more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.