Majors, Minors, & Certificates


As the study of chemical processes within and relating to living organisms, biochemistry is a dynamic major with diverse career opportunities. Siena offers small, faculty-taught classes with an emphasis on undergraduate research conducted in 34 research and training laboratories, with access to advanced instrumentation in the cutting-edge SAInT Center.

​Program Highlights

  • Research opportunities for undergraduates.
  • Small classes: Our largest classroom only seats 36 students and our largest lab has space for 16 students.
  • Classes and labs taught by faculty (no graduate teaching assistants).
  • Hands-on experience through the SAInT Center, which houses cutting edge, research grade scientific instruments.
  • Access to the Siena College High Performance Computing Cluster.
  • Opportunity to present research at regional and national conferences.
  • Opportunity to work with faculty on nationally competitive research grants.
  • Development of critical thinking, communication, research, advanced instrumentation, data analysis and technical writing skills.

Graduate Schools Attended by our Graduates

  • Albany Medical College
  • Brown University
  • Colorado State University
  • Cornell University
  • Miami University
  • New York University Center for Bioethics
  • Penn State University
  • SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Stanford University
  • Tufts University
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • UMass-Lowell
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Oregon
  • Yale University

Medical Schools Attended by our Graduates

  • Albany Medical College
  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • SUNY Downstate Medical University
  • University at Buffalo Medical School

Professional Schools Attended by our Graduates

  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Pace University School of Law
  • University at Albany (Masters of Social Work)

Employers of our Graduates

  • Albany Medical College
  • Albany Molecular Research, Inc
  • AngioDynamics
  • Atotech, Inc
  • Bioreclamation
  • Craig Hospital
  • Epic Systems
  • Global Foundries
  • Kaleida Health
  • North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Saratoga Hospital
  • Wadsworth Center-New York State Dept. of Health

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Siena College is a dynamic community with students preparing for graduate and professional schools as well as careers in diverse fields ranging from nanofabrication to medicine. Our program strongly emphasizes close interactions between faculty and students in our classes and cutting-edge research.


Career Opportunities

Today our focus on preventing disease, illness and injury is just as apparent as our fight to diagnose and treat them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports we not only need to retain those workers already in the field, but also add a substantial number of new ones, with the most occupational growth expected among health care support jobs.


Depends on job function.


Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow 26.5% by 2022.

The education sector comprises establishments that provide instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects. This instruction and training is provided by specialized establishments, such as schools, colleges, universities, and training centers.


Depends on job function.


​Employment in the education is expected to grow 9.4% by 2022.

Genetic Counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. Provide information to other healthcare providers or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions. Advise individuals and families to support informed decisionmaking and coping methods for those at risk. May help conduct research related to genetic conditions or genetic counseling.

Job titles include: Genetic Counselor, Hereditary Cancer Program Coordinator, Prenatal and Pediatric Genetic Counselor, Reproductive Genetic Counseling Coordinator


The median annual wage was $56,800 in 2012.


Employment is projected to grow 22% or higher from 2012 to 2022.

Athletic Trainers evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses, or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care.

Job titles include: Athletic Trainer, Certified Athletic Trainer, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Athletic Instructor, Clinical Education Coordinator, Clinical Instructor, Physician Extender, Resident Athletic Trainer, Sports Medicine Coordinator


The median annual wage was $42,090 in 2012.


Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Biochemists and Biophysicists study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.

Job titles include: Analytical Research Chemist, Chief Scientific Officer, Director of the Biophysics Facility, Laboratory Director, Professor of Physics/Researcher in Biophysics, Research Assistant, Research Associate, Research Scientist, Scientist


The median annual wage was $81,480 in 2012.


Employment is projected to experience 15-21% (faster than average) growth from 2012 to 2022.

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

Job titles include: Sports Medicine Physician, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, Naturopathic Physician, Nuclear Medicine Physician, Medical Scientist, Pediatrician, Surgeon, Obstetrician, Gynecologist, Family and General Practitioner, Internist, Oncologist, Cardiologist, Anesthesiologist and Neurologist.


The median annual wage was $187,200 in 2012.


Employment is projected to grow 18% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Graduate Teaching Assistants assist faculty or other instructional staff in postsecondary institutions by performing teaching or teaching-related duties, such as teaching lower level courses, developing teaching materials, preparing and giving examinations, and grading examinations or papers. Graduate teaching assistants must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Graduate assistants who primarily perform non-teaching duties, such as research, should be reported in the occupational category related to the work performed.

Job titles include: Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Teaching Assistant (TA), Graduate Assistant, Instructor, Graduate Fellow, Graduate Research Assistant, Research Assistant (RA), Teaching Fellow, Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)


The median annual wage was $31,270 in 2012.


Employment is projected to experience 8-14% growth from 2012 to 2022.