Biochemistry is a fast changing and dynamic field of study that applies the fundamental laws and techniques of chemistry to understanding the chemical structure and reactions of living organisms. The B.S. degree in Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary 66-semester hour program including courses in chemistry, biochemistry and biology. 

Program Highlights


This major will prepare you for a career in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Health Care Professions, Chemical education or engineering, and biomedical engineering.


Faculty have dialogue with students on key scientific issues and faith during our Faith and Science Lunch Discussions, Barnes Symposium, and selected courses. Students also have opportunities within the community to serve through the Math and Science Club.


Faculty are committed to the student’s success and are readily available for questions and assistance. The state-of-the-art facilities promote excellent lab and research experience.

Program Credits: 126

General Education: 60

Major/Concentration: 66

  • Biology: 21
  • Chemistry: 19
  • Biochemistry: 11
  • Mathematics and Physics: 15

Standard Completion Time
Four Years

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

What Will I Learn?

In the biochemistry program, students' foundational coursework includes general chemistry, organic chemistry, intro. to biochemistry, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. A two-hour biochemistry laboratory course provides a thorough introduction to essential techniques and methods used in modern biochemical research. Independent research is emphasized in a 1-semester hour research project.

Where Can It Take Me?


  • Physician Assistant
  • Terminal Degrees
  • High School Teachers
  • Professional Schools
  • Industry and Research
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Professional Services Representative
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Medical Doctor
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Optometrist
  • Research Laboratory Technician

Graduate Schools

  • Clarkson University
  • University of Rochester
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Saba University School of Medicine
  • Albany Medical College
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Daemon College
  • University of Buffalo

Alumni Success

Crystal Gonu '06

Practicing Family Physician
Napanee, Ontario, CANADA

Jamie Krautwurst '05

Physician Assistant
Churchville-Chili Family Medicine

Morgan Monaghan '11

Postdoctoral Associate
University of Rochester Medical Center

Who Will I Meet?


Dr. Jason Taylor, Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry

We are pleased to have Dr. Jason Taylor as Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Taylor received his Ph.D. in Bioanalytical Chemistry from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN). His research interests are in Bioanalytical Chemistry, Nanotechnology, and Environmental Science. Dr. Taylor and his wife Rebeckah lead a student ministry trip each year with Habitat for Humanity.

He is also a member of American Scientific Affiliation (ASA), the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). To read more about Dr. Taylor, click here.


Gabriel Kreider-Letterman, Biochemistry '17

Studying biochemistry at Roberts has allowed me to pursue the fields of research that I am passionate about under the guidance of knowledgeable faculty. My professors pushed me to become an active self learner while teaching me the skills needed to be successful in research. I can pursue graduate work with confidence knowing that I have received an excellent education.



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