About Our Program
Explore chemicals, molecules, and the reactions that happen in living organisms in our interdisciplinary biochemistry program.
You’ll use your curiosity and determination to experience the scientific process firsthand as you work with your faculty mentor on research projects and pursue opportunities to publish papers and present your findings at conferences.
The fundamental skills you gain in biochemistry open doors to any science or medical-related field including medicine, pharmacy, biotechnology, and forensics.
Science in ActionBring biology and chemistry together in the research lab. You’ll work alongside expert faculty as you develop lab skills to prepare you for success.
Explore biochemistry further through research, either during the semester or as part of a paid summer fellowship. Our students conduct research on a wide variety of topics such as soil bacteria, DNA binding agents, artificial photosynthesis, kinetics, and mercury levels in local Adirondack ponds.
You might even get to create your own proteins in the lab like Evan Ketcham ’19. He worked alongside professor Matthew Skeels to investigate how certain proteins could be used to promote blood vessel growth to potentially be developed into therapies to assist in wound healing and other cellular repairs.
Festival of Science
Students regularly co-author and publish research papers with their faculty mentors. YAfter spending a year or more investigating topics that spark your curiosity and motivate you to dig deeper, you'll presented your research findings during the Festival of Science, Scholarship, and Creativity.
Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations, including Denmark, New Zealand, and Australia.
Short-Term Off-Campus Research Fellowships
In addition to on-campus research opportunities, you’ll have the chance to pursue short-term summer research fellowships at other colleges and universities. Students have collaborated with biologists and chemists to explore nanotechnology, solar energy, genetics, oceanography, drug discovery, and much more.
Connect with Community
Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find many that align with your academic pursuits, including:
- American Chemical Society
- Chemistry Club
- Pre-Dental Society
- St. Lawrence University Emergency Medical Services
- Pre-Health Club
- Pre-Veterinary Club
St. Lawrence students who studied biochemistry have gone on to study at a number of well-regarded institutions, including:
- University of Virginia
- Northeastern Pharmacy School
- University of California at Irvine
- SUNY Upstate
- Rutgers School of Dentistry
For all of our alumni, the quest for evidence and answers doesn’t stop after Commencement. Some choose to make this activity a profession. You can find them in the field or the lab, using their talents to communicate the importance of their research and engage others in their work.
Fueled by genuine curiosity, guided by expert faculty, and fulfilled by enriching learning and campus life experiences, our graduates leave well-equipped for their next adventure. After graduation, Laurentians go on to make an impact in communities around the world.
Why St. Lawrence for Biochemistry
of recent St. Lawrence graduates majoring in a science field are employed or continuing their education within a year
St. Lawrence students studying biochemistry have completed internships at:
- Albany Medical Center
- RITE Aid Pharmacy
- Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare
Best Science Lab Facilities
The Princeton Review, 2023
Square feet of laboratories, learning spaces, offices, and support spaces in Johnson Hall of Science
The number of scholarships offered to high achieving, Pell grant eligible, first-year underrepresented students interested in pursuing a STEM major
St. Lawrence students who studied biochemistry have worked at:
- Update Medical University
- Hartford Hospital
- Cornell University
- Albany Molecular Research
- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
- Battelle Memorial Institute
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Program Requirements & Courses
Explore biochemistry major requirements, as well as electives and combined study options.
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Our faculty understand life in all forms and at the cellular level. They contribute to groundbreaking cancer research, alter gene regulation, and address questions concerning the life cycle. They’re your mentor, lab partner, and biggest supporters.
“We make it possible for students to lead the way in research with plenty of support from faculty. Students push projects forward and are the primary researchers.”
“Being able to work so closely with a professor has been tremendously valuable for me. I’ve gotten so much better in the lab, I’ve done research that if you told me as a freshman I’d be doing, I’d say, ‘No way.’”
Liberal Arts Science Scholarship
This program offers scholarships to domestic high-achieving, Pell-grant eligible students interested in pursuing STEM majors, outside of a pre-med track, including mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, engineering, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, neuroscience, and geology.
Festival of Science
Share your findings at this spring event celebrating student research projects across campus. As a student in our biochemistry program, you’ll regularly co-author and publish research papers with your faculty mentors.
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