Major (no minor)
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Critical thinking and application through experiential learning in the laboratory and small classes. Individualized mentorship by esteemed faculty. Innovative work. These are distinguishing characteristics of the biochemistry major at Union.
In studying biochemistry at Union, you will develop a deep and thorough understanding of the inner workings of cells, including study of proteins, DNA/RNA and other biomolecules. By working in small classes and labs taught exclusively by faculty with Ph.D.s and conducting research side-by-side with them, you will gain the skills needed to advance further in this field. Weekly seminars in both biology and chemistry will also further your knowledge of developments in biochemistry beyond Union.
In addition, through our status as a program accredited by the ASBMB (American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), our students can qualify for ASBMB certification, a distinction that may help them as they pursue graduate study or professional opportunities. Students become certified through a national exam administered at the end of their senior year.
Union biochemistry majors have gone on to do graduate work in biochemistry, molecular, and cell biology, as well as in medicine, dentistry and other allied health professions. The analytical skills developed by our graduates also have contributed to their success in fields as diverse as law and financial services.
What some of our graduates are doing:
- Analyst, Surveyor Capital
- Associate scientist, Q² Solutions
- Director, Audit and Quality Control, New York State Office of Children and Family Services
- Educator, Teach for America
- Laboratory technician, Emory University
- Ph.D. candidate in chemistry, Purdue University
- Physician, Jackson Memorial Hospital
- Postdoctoral Fellow, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
- Research associate, Berg Diagnostics
- Research associate, Olink Proteomics
- Senior research technician, Albany Medical College
- DVM candidate, North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine