The biochemistry major focuses on the chemistry of living things to prepare you to address current challenges facing the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, forensic, and biotechnological fields.
In a technician capacity, students are able to perform many general chemistry and analytical chemistry laboratory tasks, with minimal supervision, even after their first year of coursework. They continue to enhance their lab skills in upper level courses to increase their ability to eventually contribute to research initiatives independently. Based on their elective choices, senior students may have skills in microbial and genetic manipulations, separations and environmental applications.
Program facilities equipment
New NMR Spectrometer
The school recently acquired a 500 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, which is used to determine the structure and dynamics of molecules as well as images of plants and materials.
Chemical Analysis Laboratory
The school has a wide range of analytical instrumentation which can be used to perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of chemical or materials samples. Our well-trained faculty, staff, and students are experienced with a variety of analyses, including UV-Visible and IR Spectrophotometry. Students also gain experience with electrophoresis and chromatography in their biochemistry and biology courses.
The Nano Imaging Lab conducts research into the design, development, and application of imaging to material and biological systems on very small scales, in conjunction with the schools of chemistry and physics. The lab conducts research into the creation of nano-materials for biological imaging and imaging display technologies.
Program job titles reported
Computer-Aided Drug Design Chemist; Quality Control Analyst; Chemist; Research Technologist; Medical Student; Analytical Chemist; Forensic Scientist; Biotechnology Researcher; Health Scientist; Separations Chemist; Process Chemist; Cosmetic Biochemist; Food Biochemist
Program significant points
- Biochemists focus on the chemistry of life. The biochemistry major provides knowledge in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology which will prepare you to consider real-world problems from a variety of perspectives.
- You will be able to immediately contribute your skills in corporate, health care, or government positions.
- You will also be ready to enter professional education in medicine or other health-related fields or attend graduate programs in a variety of chemical and life sciences related programs.
- Biochemistry majors often have an interest in combining the life and health sciences with a chemistry degree.
Select program hiring partners
Clerio Vision Inc., Cornell University, NOW Foods, Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science, Tufts Medical Center
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The biochemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and also follows the guidelines of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.
Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Science co-ops include a range of hands-on experiences, from co-ops and internships and work in labs to undergraduate research and clinical experience in health care settings. These opportunities provide the hands-on experience that enables you to apply your scientific, math, and health care knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.
Cooperative education is optional but strongly encouraged for biochemistry majors.
National Labs Career Fair
Hosted by RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education, the National Labs Career Fair is an annual event that brings representatives to campus from the United States’ federally funded research and development labs. These national labs focus on scientific discovery, clean energy development, national security, technology advancements, and more. Students are invited to attend the career fair to network with lab professionals, learn about opportunities, and interview for co-ops, internships, research positions, and full-time employment.