Biochemistry is the study of chemical components of living creatures — from viruses to mammals — to explain how and why chemical reactions happen.

Biochemists explore the molecular nature of cells, study the development of illnesses, search for new drugs, predict undeveloped/inherited health problems and help forensic experts identify criminals. Our undergraduate curriculum includes chemistry, mathematics, physics, genetics and biology. Accredited by the American Chemical Society and placed in the top three in the number of certified degrees award in New York, our biochemistry degree will help you pursue graduate study, attend health-related professional schools, or work in entry-level positions at laboratories or in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Launch your career


Join the student affiliate of the American Chemical Society (ACS), which offers free tutoring and other services — and has often been cited as one of the most outstanding in the country. Excel and you may qualify for the chemistry honors program, which emphasizes independent study and research — or even the national honor societies Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi.


Opportunities include

  • Professional laboratory and managerial positions in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries

Graduate studies may include

  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Health-related professional schools


SUNY Oswego’s Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Research Center — the research and teaching facility where you’ll take a number of your lab classes — conducts important work in cancer and anti-diabetic drug discovery, the effects of lead on the cardiovascular system, ecological and genetic studies and more. Updated and powerful labs in the new Shineman Center will aid all your research pursuits.

“All of the chem profs I’ve had have been awesome teachers. They get to the point, they tell you the information you need to learn for that subject and they test you on it. There are so many research opportunities. We merely asked Dr. (Fehmi) Damkaci and he said, 'Yep. I’ve got projects for you.' Ever since then, I got addicted to research.”

— Adam Szymaniak ’13