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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science

Overview of Chemistry and Biochemistry Program

Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics offer courses and programs that provide pre-professional training that prepare students for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, pharmacology and other health sciences.  

Chemistry and its influence are everywhere from the materials in the car you drive, to the vitamins you take in the morning, to the laboratories where chemists are developing life-enhancing and disease controlling products.

A solid preparation in chemistry is essential for professionals in most scientific areas.

All chemistry and biochemistry graduates from Niagara do at least one year (4 credits) of independent research, supervised by a faculty member. These research experiences give students hands-on practice with problems of real-world importance and play an important role in a student’s professional development and preparation for graduate or professional school, or for the workforce.

This strong chemistry background also prepares students for graduate school, or positions in business, industry, pollution control, and ecology.

Our department offers four primary majors to undergraduates. 

  • The B.S. in chemistry major is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to provide foundational training in all areas of chemistry. Many B.S. chemistry students continue into research-oriented careers and/or further graduate studies in chemistry, materials science, environmental science, or medicine. A specialized concentration in computational chemistry is available.
  • The B.S. in biochemistry major emphasizes additional study in biology and the chemistry of biological organisms. This major is particularly popular with pre-health students. A specialized concentration in bioinformatics is available.
  • The B.A. in chemistry major offers a high level of flexibility in the choice of upper-level courses. This major is popular with students who wish to apply their interest in chemistry to careers in business, law or public policy. Students may choose courses to fulfill a 4+1 B.A. in chemistry/M.B.A in business.  
  • Chemistry education majors offer the chemistry training needed for educators of students of several age levels.

Niagara University Science Training and Research (NUSTAR) Fellowship

The Niagara University Science Training and Research (NUSTAR) Fellowship seeks to enable self-motivated, goal-oriented, and academically exceptional students to carry out high-impact and collaborative research with Niagara’s science faculty. Please note that you must still apply for admission to Niagara University.

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Why Chemistry or Biochemistry at NU?

Small Class Size

Personalized, individualize attention in small classes from a supportive community.

Research

Guaranteed hands-on research training with faculty who are experts in their fields.

Experiential Learning

Access to state-of-the-art equipment.

Nicholas Palisano
Starting as a freshman in the Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Physics in the fall of 2012, I was attracted to Niagara’s small class sizes, friendly and competent faculty and staff, and brand new science building. The B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences, or simply, “Golisano,” offered me an opportunity to learn and work in a state-of-the-art facility with cutting edge equipment and technology. Along with the building came a faculty and staff that truly cared about your success and growth as a student. Being able to learn in small class sizes from the actual professor rather than teaching assistants allowed me to ask questions and understand the course material on a higher level.
Nicholas Palisano, BS Biochemistry, 2016
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Rosch

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Stoj

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