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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:

  • Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration - Sigma Beta Delta membership provides recognition for a lifetime. Because the Society is recognized for honoring scholastic excellence in business, it is appropriate to include Sigma Beta Delta membership on one's resume. Employers throughout the country will recognize your academic achievements.
    • Requirements: GPA, 3.6, leadership activities, and 60+ credits completed at Elmira College
    • Opportunities include: Lifetime recognition for outstanding academic achievements, fellowship award opportunities, internships, networking opportunities, lifetime contact with Sigma Beta Delta Aspirations Newsletter

Clubs:

  • EC2 - Elmira College is excited to spearhead its own entrepreneurial community development team, entitled EC2 Development (Elmira College Entrepreneurial Community Development). As members of EC2 Development, students have the opportunity to complete their community service requirements, while networking with fellow students and faculty and developing leadership, team-building, and entrepreneurial skills and experience. Upcoming project partners include the Economic Opportunity Program and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, with more to be announced in the future.

Prizes/Scholarships:

  • The Julian Allen Prize - The Julian Allen Prize was established for excellence in International Business. Julian Allen taught at the College from 1981 to 1985. This prize has been endowed by the Allen family and the Corning Incorporated Foundation. It is awarded annually on the basis of merit.
  • The Provost Prize In Business Administration - Recipients of the Provost’s Prizes in the Academic Disciplines are outstanding students in the classroom in terms of their writing, presentation, and critical thinking skills. Such students take on new experiences in research, in learning new skills and techniques, and have frequently presented or published academic manuscripts. These students are members of national academic honor societies, and the faculty at Elmira College anticipates great accomplishments from them in their chosen fields. The Provost Prize is presented to a senior in the Spring Term.

Internships:

The Business Administration students complete internships/field experience with organizations in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, with organizations including start-ups, small businesses, and large corporations. For a complete list, please refer to the Elmira College Office of Career Services.


Career Opportunities:

A Business Administration concentration at Elmira College prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities in business, leadership and management. Surveys have shown that Elmira College's focus on experiential learning and real-world experience has been a clear advantage to students in their careers, and its graduates are found in areas including human resources, management, marketing, manufacturing, media, fashion, entertainment, global business, the non-profit sector and more.

4+1 and 4+2 Graduate Business Opportunities

Graduates in Business Administration are well prepared for a variety of careers in business or for specialized graduate study in the business field. Students interested in pursuing an MBA may do so through one of Elmira College's 4+1 MBA programs with Alfred University, Clarkson University, RIT, Union College and State University of New York at Buffalo, providing the opportunity to earn an MBA in one additional year beyond the baccalaureate degree. Furthermore, we offer student information and opportunities with 4+2 MBA programs with University of Rochester, Syracuse University, and Binghamton University.

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.