Biochemistry Major

A major in biochemistry provides you with a strong foundation for post-graduate study and prepares you for careers in the health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, allied health and pharmacy. You also might consider a career in business, forensics or the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Career potential

  • Healthcare professional (pharmacy, medicine, dentistry)
  • Industrial scientist
  • Research scientist
  • Consultant
  • Forensic scientist
  • Patent attorney
  • State and federal agency scientist and policy maker

What will I learn?

  • Your required courses will give you a solid foundation in biology and chemistry.
  • You will study the chemistry of living things — the molecular compounds and substances that make biological organisms tick.
  • As a biochemistry major you will study the minute, discrete characteristics of every organism and biological process.

Special features

  • Small classes, personal attention
  • Student use of the most modern instruments and methods
  • Extensive laboratory experience
  • Opportunities to collaborate with faculty in original research
  • Excellent record of graduate and medical school placements and fellowships

Get involved

Learn more about undergraduate research opportunity in the Chemistry Department.

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Contact us

Office: Bowers Hall, Room 342
Phone: 607-753-4323
Fax: 607-753-5928

Fast facts

SUNY Cortland is the first institution in the 64-campus SUNY system to operate all of its facilities using 100 percent renewable electrical energy.

Type of degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 120


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • Arden P. Zipp Scholarship
  • Top Graduating Senior in Chemistry
  • Chemical Rubber Company (C.R.C.) Press Award for Outstanding Student in General Chemistry
  • Arden P. Zipp Prize in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Outstanding Student Research in Chemistry 
  • Peter Jeffers Scholarship

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