St. Bonaventure University

Biochemistry Program

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The Biochemistry program is about fearless explorations of wonders at the interface of biology and chemistry.

Under the direction of Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang, the program provides a basic understanding of living systems that emphasizes the molecular and cellular aspects of biology.

The Biochemistry program is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. All of our Biochemistry graduates have achieved ASBMB certification, an assurance that they have the knowledge and understanding of core competencies in biochemistry and molecular biology. The majority of our graduates have achieved certification with distinction, placing them in the top 13% of Biochemistry graduates nationwide who have participated ASBMB certification exams.

Beyond the classroom

From research in the lab to presenting at a conference to STEM outreach, senior Biochemistry major Erin McNell finds that a Bonas education goes well beyond the classroom.

Why choose Biochemistry?

Research Equipment & Facilities

A new biotechnology and molecular genetics lab equipped with nanodrop spectrophotometer, various centrifuges, ThermoCyclers (including real-time), DNA, RNA and protein electrophoresis equipment, gel imaging system, cell culture hoods, confocal and regular fluorescent microscopes, etc. provides the technical component for the program and affords research opportunities for the students during their junior and/or senior years. The final year of study features independent laboratory research.

Career Paths for Biochemistry Majors

Advances in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology have led to expanded job opportunities in the general field of biotechnology. The Biochemistry major is of special interest to students with a strong science and mathematics background who are preparing for graduate school, medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, law school, or employment in a biotech company.

Alumni Spotlight

Erin McNell, Class of 2020, is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program, University of NC, Chapel Hill. Meet Erin and other Biochemistry alumni.

Student Testimonials

Program information

The Biochemistry program offers a B.S. in Biochemistry.

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

The major in Biochemistry provides the student with a basic understanding of living systems that emphasizes the molecular and cellular aspects of biology.

Degree requirements and a four-year plan for the Biochemistry major

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