Sample Courses

  • Biochemistry I and II
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry I and II
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Physical Chemistry I and II

Popular Electives

  • Animal Physiology
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Biology of Cancer
  • Biology of Invertebrates
  • Biotechnology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Immunology
  • Parasitology
  • Plant Diversity

Recent Employers

  • Monroe County (NY) Crime Laboratory
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Recent Medical Schools

  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • University at Buffalo
  • Virginia Tech

Recent Graduate Schools

  • Boston College
  • Cornell University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Rockefeller University
  • Texas A&M University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Washington
  • Yale University


Why study biochemistry at Geneseo?

The biochemistry major is a challenging program for ambitious students who are interested in how physical and chemical processes determine how living things work.

Students develop a great deal of camaraderie with their peers, based on studying and researching together in the Integrated Science Center. Opportunities to work with faculty on their own research projects provides hands-on experience with sophisticated equipment, much of which is usually found only at the graduate level.


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Program Highlights

  • More than 40 percent of Geneseo undergraduates take on a research project.
  • Majors are encouraged to present their work at local or national meetings and symposia.
  • Graduates perform well on national assessment exams, with several students scoring in the 90th percentile or above.
  • Graduates are routinely sought after by graduate schools and employers.
  • The Association of American Medical Colleges ranks Geneseo 12th in New York State for undergraduate institutions supplying 50 or more applicants to U.S. medical schools in 2020–21.

Example Career Fields

  • Medicine—medical doctor, veterinarian, and allied health fields, including physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, pharmaceuticals, and dentistry
  • Biotechnology—manipulating living organisms to design or enhance vaccines, medicines, therapies, energy, or food
  • Research & Development—developing useful products while factoring in business considerations
  • Laboratory Science—bench experimentation, hospital research, or public health
  • Sustainability Practice—development and evaluation of products to make a better world
  • Law—patent determination and policy creation for ethical use of biochemical technologies

Career Outlook

Employment of biochemists and biophysicists is projected to grow 15% through 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Contact Info

Travis Bailey, Associate Professor of Biology
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Biochemistry Program Website

Biochemistry Faculty

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