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BIOCHEMISTRY

Why Choose Biochemistry?

The Biochemistry program at Elmira College creates scientists with an aptitude for curiosity and desire to explore the molecular processes of life. Students design experiments to test hypotheses, collect data themselves with state-of-the-art instrumentation, and communicate through oral and written work the results of experiments. Students often actively engage in faculty research as early as their freshman year, and have the opportunity and flexibility to study abroad during Term III.

What Biochemistry Will Teach You!

Students take classes in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology. Biology and chemistry electives within the major allow students to increase their knowledge about topics they are passionate about. Students take away transferable soft skills in oral and written communication, as well as quantitative reasoning.

Where Biochemistry Can Take You!

Students graduating with a biochemistry major are prepared to pursue further graduate study in biochemistry, public health, exercise science, health professions-related education, or full-time employment. Many students with a biochemistry degree go on to pursue medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and pharmaceutical degrees.

Why Choose Biochemistry?

The Biochemistry program at Elmira College creates scientists with an aptitude for curiosity and desire to explore the molecular processes of life. Students design experiments to test hypotheses, collect data themselves with state-of-the-art instrumentation, and communicate through oral and written work the results of experiments. Students often actively engage in faculty research as early as their freshman year, and have the opportunity and flexibility to study abroad during Term III.

What Biochemistry Will Teach You!

Students take classes in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology. Biology and chemistry electives within the major allow students to increase their knowledge about topics they are passionate about. Students take away transferable soft skills in oral and written communication, as well as quantitative reasoning.

Where Biochemistry Can Take You!

Students graduating with a biochemistry major are prepared to pursue further graduate study in biochemistry, public health, exercise science, health professions-related education, or full-time employment. Many students with a biochemistry degree go on to pursue medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and pharmaceutical degrees.

The below links provide a helpful guide to the most current major/minor core courses and electives. Full program requirements and course descriptions are located in the Elmira College Bulletin.

Contacts:


Full-time Faculty:


Part-time Faculty:

  • Ms. Sue Lockard, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
  • Mr. James Randall, Chemical Hygiene Officer and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry

Biochemistry majors are encouraged to travel abroad during Term III to experience a different culture without disrupting their major. Science-focused trips include studying marine and island ecology in the Bahamas, Alaskan ecology and environmental issues in Alaska, and field biology in Hawaii.

Honor Societies:

  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon
  • Beta Beta Beta

Clubs:

  • Elmira College Chemistry Club
  • American Chemical Society, Student Chapter

Prizes/Scholarships:

  • CRC Basic Chemistry Prize
  • Corning Section ACS Award
  • Chemical Society Award
  • Mariam Ames Memorial Prize
  • Algernon De Waters Gorman Prize

Career Opportunities:

Students often complete their internship through summer research programs either at Elmira College or at research-intensive institutions. Students interested in health care often intern at local hospitals or other medical facilities.

Bailey Thomas '18

Bailey Thomas '18

Class of 2022 Pharm.D. Program at Northeastern University
Biology Major
Biochemistry Major

During my time at Elmira one thing I learned was sometimes the best results aren't the ones you were looking for, but the ones you find by failing and learning why.