Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Chemistry

Enjoy small, faculty-taught classes that prepare you for competitive graduate school programs and careers in research, pharmaceuticals, education, engineering, environmental science, forensic science, medicine and medical technology. You’ll also do research—using state-of-the-art instruments—based on what you’re interested in studying.

​Program Highlights

  • Research is an important part of education at Siena. It is not uncommon for chemistry students to become involved in research as early as their Freshman year.
  • The Chemistry Department houses the Saint Center’s cutting edge, research grade scientific instruments.
  • Close integration with the Siena College High Performance Computing Cluster.
  • In the 2012-2013 academic year Chemistry and Biochemistry students and faculty gave a total of 17 presentations at 5 local, regional and national conferences.
  • Skills developed include: critical thinking, communication skills, research experience, ability to use advanced instrumentation, data analysis and technical writing.

Recent Graduate/Professional School Placements

  • Albany Medical School, Physicians Assistant Studies
  • Duke University
  • Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing
  • Lock Haven Physicians Assistant School
  • Michigan State University
  • New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Ross University Veterinary School
  • SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Stony Brook University
  • St. George’s University School of Medicine
  • Tufts University
  • University at Albany
  • University of California - Irvine
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • Washington State University
  • Yale University

Employers of our Graduates

  • Albany Molecular Research, Inc
  • DuPont USA
  • Fortitech, Inc
  • General Electric
  • GlobalFoundries
  • Graver Technologies
  • Hovione
  • NYS Department of Health
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Toyko Electron LTD
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Xerox Research Center

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.

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Career Opportunities

​Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

Job titles include: Clinical Pharmacist, Hospital Pharmacis, Outpatient Pharmacy Manager, Pharmacist, Pharmacist in Charge (PIC), Pharmacy Informaticist, Registered Pharmacist and Staff Pharmacist.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $116,670 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-20% (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.

Job titles include: Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Lab Tech, Laboratory Assistant, Lab Assistant, Laboratory Technician, Phlebotomist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Laboratory Supervisor, Non-Registered Technician, Laboratory Associate, Lab Associate, Toxicology and Laboratory Technician.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $37,240 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 22% growth (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Veterinarians diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.

Job titles include: Associate Veterinarian, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Emergency Veterinarian, Equine Vet (Equine Veterinarian), Mixed Animal Veterinarian, Small Animal Veterinarian, Staff Veterinarian, Veterinarian (VET), Veterinary Medicine Doctor (DVM) and Veterinary Surgeon.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $84,460 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Chemistry Professors teach courses pertaining to the chemical and physical properties and compositional changes of substances. Work may include instruction in the methods of qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Chemistry Professor, Professor, Chemistry Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Instructor, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry Faculty Member, Adjunct Instructor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $71,140 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Materials Scientists research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications. Includes glass scientists, ceramic scientists, metallurgical scientists, and polymer scientists.

Job titles: Materials Scientist, Micro Electrical/Mechanical Systems Device Scientist (MEMS Device Scientist), Polymer Materials Consultant, Research Scientist, Research and Development Scientist (R and D Scientist), Senior Materials Scientist, Staff Research Scientist, Staff Scientist, Technology Officer, Vice President Research

Wages:

The median annual wage was $88,990 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 3-7% growth from 2012 to 2022.

Chemists conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.

Job titles include: Air Quality Chemist, Analytical Chemist, Chemical Laboratory Scientist, Chemist, Forensic Chemist, Forensic Scientist, Quality Control Chemist (QC Chemist), Research Chemist, Scientist and Senior Chemist.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $71,770 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Chemical Engineers design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Job titles include: Process Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Engineer, Scientist, Project Engineer, Development Engineer, Engineering Scientist, Process Control Engineer, Process Development Engineer and Refinery Process Engineer.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $94,350 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-5% from 2012 to 2022.

​Forensic Scientists Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.

Job titles include: Crime Laboratory Analyst, Crime Scene Analyst, CSI (Crime Scene Investigator), Crime Scene Technician (Crime Scene Tech), Evidence Technician, Forensic Science Examiner, Forensic Scientist, Forensic Specialist, Latent Fingerprint Examiner and Latent Print Examiner.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $52,840 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-5% from 2012 to 2022.

Secondary school teachers teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,050 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 3-7% growth from 2012 to 2022.

Chemical Technicians conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.

Job titles include: Laboratory Technician, Lab Tech, Laboratory Analyst, Lab analyst, Research Technician, Analytical Lab Technician, Laboratory Tester, lab tester, Research and Development Technician, Analytical Technician, Chemical Technician, Environmental Lab Technician and Formulation Technician.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $42,920 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Technical Writers write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

Job titles include: Documentation Designer, Documentation Specialist, Engineering Writer, Expert Medical Writer, Information Developer, Narrative Writer, Requirements Analyst, Senior Technical Writer, Technical Communicator, Technical Writer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $65,500 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Nanosystems Engineers design, develop, or supervise the production of materials, devices, or systems of unique molecular or macromolecular composition, applying principles of nanoscale physics and electrical, chemical, or biological engineering.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $92,030 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 3-7% growth 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

Wages:

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

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 15-21% (faster than average) growth 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)

Wages:

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

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Technology is one of the most pervasive forces in our society today – we use it both to connect and detach, to save time and to waste it – so we’re especially dependent on those who make their living by creating, powering and supporting our electronics and information systems.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the information technology industry is expected to grow 47% by 2020.

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.

Wages:

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

GROWTH FORECAST:

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

Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on a team under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. They are formally educated to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $90,930 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 38% (much faster than average) from 2012 to 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.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

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