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  • Study the chemical processes in living organisms


    Get in-depth knowledge about the function, structure, composition and chemical reactions in living systems.

  • Study the chemical processes in living organisms


    Get in-depth knowledge about the function, structure, composition and chemical reactions in living systems.

Biochemistry Major


Gain fundamental and hands-on knowledge in chemistry and biology. Prepare for advanced studies in chemistry, biology or health-related programs, as well as for careers in biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry.

What Will I Learn?


Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary field, combining biology with organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Biochemists explore:

  • The chemical basis of biological structures
  • Chemical processes used by living organisms to obtain energy from nutrients
  • Fundamental, chemical changes occurring due to disease

What is Unique About Our Program?


Receive a well-rounded education — SUNY Plattsburgh excels in our liberal arts curriculum. Partnered with a solid foundation in STEM, you will study a diverse array of topics and be well prepared for your career of choice, no matter which degree you choose: Chemistry (B.A. or B.S. with ACS certification), chemistry education (B.A./M.S.T.) or biochemistry (with or without ACS certification). 

Hands-on experiences — Our programs also offer solid experiential learning including on-site research, direct interaction with faculty mentors as well as strong support for STEM internships. 

What Are My Career Opportunities?


Many graduates of the biochemistry major pursue careers in:

  • Teaching at the high school and college level
  • Research and development
  • State health departments
  • Fish and wildlife
  • Analytical labs
  • Agriculture
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Forensics
  • Food science
  • Molecular biology
  • Health sciences:
    • Medicine
    • Veterinary medicine
    • Dentistry

 

Recent Biochemistry Graduates

Jason Nguyen

Class of 2021

  • Accepted into the Ph.D. program in biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon University

 

Soyeon Kim

Class of 2018

  • Ph.D. graduate student at University of Vermont in the cellular, molecular and biological sciences program

 

Steven Kranes

Class of 2015

  • Hired as a criminalist in the forensic biology department for the Office of Chief Medical Examiners of New York City
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