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The Biochemistry major is designed to prepare students for those fields in which a knowledge of both chemistry and biology is required. Courses in biology and chemistry help students integrate principles from these disciplines into unified concepts which cross disciplinary boundaries. A research component is included.

This major is particularly well suited for those Elmira College students interested in the health professions (pre-medicine, veterinary, or dentistry), as well as for preparation for advanced studies in bio-chemistry, immunology, molecular biology and genetics.

It is recommended that any student intending to go on to graduate or professional school in the sciences take one year of Physics as well as Mathematics through Calculus II in addition to the regular program in their major.