Biochemistry Program

Biochemistry Program

Critical thinking and application through experiential learning in the laboratory and small classes. Individualized mentorship. State-of-the-art labs. These are distinguishing characteristics of the biochemistry major at Union.

Biochemistry integrates chemical, cellular and molecular approaches to the study of biological processes. This discipline has broad applications to the understanding of such diverse fields as physiology, development, and biomechanics. Biochemistry informs and complements emerging areas of research in proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics and genetic engineering. Biochemists have achieved breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, diabetes, obesity, addiction, Alzheimer's and many other diseases.

In studying biochemistry at Union, you will develop an understanding of macromolecular structure and function and its application to cellular and organismal biology. Working in small classes and labs taught only by faculty with Ph.Ds, and by conducting undergraduate research side-by-side with our faculty, you will gain the skills needed to advance further in this field.

Special learning opportunities

ASBMB certification

Through our status as an ASBMB accredited program, 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.

Study abroad

As part of your academic program in biochemistry, you may choose to pursue a term abroad in Sicily, where you will engage in research with scientists and graduate students at the National Research Council in Palermo.


Weekly seminars in both biology and chemistry are great way to learn more about what goes on in Biochemistry outside of Union College.

Wold Center

Peter Irving Wold Center, Biochemistry Suite

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Kristin M. Fox
Brian Cohen