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.

Chemistry: The Central Science

“Chemistry: The central science.” That phrase, popularized in a 1977 chemistry textbook, refers to the link that chemistry provides between the physical sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, and the environment. Chemistry and biochemistry play a fundamental role in our everyday lives—from the air we breathe, the water we drink, and soil we walk upon to the food we eat, the medicine that improves our health, and the clothes we wear. 

Why Study Chemistry and Biochemistry at Siena?

As a chemistry or biochemistry major at Siena, you’ll learn from faculty members who are teacher-scholars. They run vibrant undergraduate research programs while remaining student-centered, emphasizing student participation and engagement both in and out of the classroom. Our department is housed in Siena’s state-of-the-art Morrell Science Center, with additional laboratories and classroom space in the adjacent Roger Bacon Hall.

Careers for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors

A degree in chemistry or biochemistry from Siena College will prepare you for graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry, as well as careers in industry, research, pharmaceuticals, education, engineering, environmental science, forensic science, medicine, and medical technology.

Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry

All of our majors participate in research during their senior year, but most choose to become involved much earlier, even as early as their first semester at Siena. Research projects with Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty are multidisciplinary and diverse, so students and faculty can explore many aspects of chemical science.

Department Chair

George Barnes

George L. Barnes

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

202 Morrell Science Center

(518) 782‑6880