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Biochemistry Major

As a major in Biochemistry at The College at Brockport, you are tapping into a field that is growing rapidly and that increasingly blurs the traditional borders between Biology and Chemistry. Students are positioned for a variety of careers in a rapidly growing and increasingly important field.

Traditional Biology is moving into molecular events in living systems, using descriptors such as molecular biology, molecular genetics, molecular physiology, molecular ecology. Traditional chemistry is moving into biological systems and chemistry departments are adopting names such as “Chemistry and Chemical Biology.” As with all the science disciplines your major in Biochemistry opens doors to many kinds of jobs and to a deeper understanding of the world around us. You will learn from a dedicated and experienced faculty. Their award winning teaching brings difficult concepts to life and examines the practical applications of Biochemistry in ways that are easy to digest, and they stand ready to assist you to reach your maximum level of success.

The Biochemistry Major, and was approved in 2009-2010. This major grew out of the former Biochemistry track in the Chemistry Department. We have developed it in consultation with the Biology faculty and it draws heavily on both Biology and Chemistry.

Biochemists study the chemistry of living systems – from the smallest viruses to great whales and from phytoplankton to the giant sequoia.

Biochemists work in fields as varied as

  • basic biochemistry
  • chemical biology
  • nutrition
  • molecular basis of diseases
  • pharmaceuticals, and
  • neuroscience

Biochemistry is a new major, but graduates of our former Biochemistry track have gone on to careers in basic research in academic, industry and government laboratories, in the pharmaceutical industry, in forensic science, in intellectual property law, in teaching at the high school and at the university level, and to graduate studies in biochemistry, related science disciplines, medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine at top universities.

We invite you to explore our site to learn more about whether Biochemistry, in the context of the Chemistry and Biology Departments, offers what you are looking for.

Major Requirements

The academic requirements for a major in chemistry are determined by the date at which a student matriculates (begins study toward a degree) at the College. The most current requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Studies Catalog.

Students who elect to major in Biochemistry may contact Prof. Blose.

The typical course of study for the Biochemistry major(.pdf file):

Required Courses (68 credits)
CHM205 - 206, College Chemistry I and II 8
CHM301, Chemical Safety 1
CHM302, Inorganic Chemistry I 4
CHM305 - 306, Organic Chemistry I and II 8
CHM400 - 401, Seminar I and II 2
CHM404, Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences† 3
CHM407, Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences Laboratory† 1
CHM467 - 468, Biochemistry I and II 6
CHM470, Biochemistry Lab 1
Chemistry Credits 34
BIO201 - 202, Biology I and II 8
BIO301, Cell Biology 4
BIO302, Genetics 4
BIO415, Molecular Biology 3
Biology Credits 19
MTH201 - 202, Calculus I and II 8
Math Credits 8
PHS235 - 240, Physics I and II 8
Physics Credits 8
General Education (required of all degree programs in SUNY) ** minimum of 30
Electives variable
Total credits required for B.S. degree with a major in Biochemistry 120
† May substitute the physical Chemistry sequence, consisting of CHM405-406 Physical Chemistry I and II and CHM408-409 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I and II. Since MTH203, Calculus III is a pre-requisite for CHM405, this option would increase the total credits for the major to 81.


An Anticipated Typical Course Sequence:

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman CHM205 College Chemistry I 4 CHM206 College Chemistry II 4
Year MTH201 Calculus I 4 MTH202 Calculus II 4
BIO201 Biology I 4 BIO202 Biology II 4
ENL112 Composition 3 General Ed. Breadth Elective 3
GEP100 Acad. Plan. Sem. 1
GEP150 Computer Skills 1
17 15
Sophomore CHM302 Inorganic Chemistry I 4 CHM306 Organic Chemistry II 4
Year CHM305 Organic Chemistry I 4 PHS240 Physics II 4
PHS235 Physics I 4 BIO301 Cell Biology 4
BIO302 Genetics 4 General Ed. Breadth Elective 3
16 15
Junior CHM467 Biochemistry I 3 CHM468 Biochemistry II 3
Year CHM470 Biochemistry Lab 1 CHM404 Physical Chemistry LS 3
CHM301 Chemical Safety 1 CHM407 Physical Chemistry Lab 1
Elective 3 General Ed. Breadth Elective 3
Elective 3 General Ed. Breadth Elective 3
General Ed. Breadth Elective 3 General Ed. Breadth Elective 3
14 16
Senior CHM400 Seminar I 1 CHM401 Seminar II 1
Year BIO415 Molecular Biology 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective (variable) 1
13 14
Total Credits 120