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Academic Programs

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Overview of Academic Programs

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Siena College is accredited by the American Chemical Society. Graduates with a degree in chemistry or biochemistry can pursue a wide range of careers. Examples of industrial jobs available with a B.S. in chemistry or biochemistry include: research and development, quality control, sales and technical service and technical or general management. Graduates may also opt for further training toward an M.S. or Ph.D. in chemistry or biochemistry, or in the health professions such as medicine, optometry, podiatry, dentistry, or public health. A degree in chemistry or biochemistry can also prepare you to pursue interdisciplinary careers in environmental science, forensic science or patent law. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department provides students with the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in chemical principles and their laboratory applications.


Instrumentation is very important in modern chemical practice. Available instruments within the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department include: Ultraviolet/visible spectrometers, ultraviolet/visible spectrophotometer, Fourier transform infrared spectrometers, 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrometer, luminescence spectrometer, gas chromatographs, high performance liquid chromatographs, magnetic susceptibility balance, polarimeters, electrochemical analyzer, lyophilizer, electrophoretic unit, differential scanning calorimeter, thermagravimetric analyzer, and a glovebox. Many of these instruments are interfaced with computers.

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At Siena College, you will study the five main disciplines of chemistry: Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Organic chemistry, and Physical chemistry. This give you the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in chemical principles and their applications in the laboratory. Most of your chemistry classes will have an associated 3 or 4 hour lab period every week.

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Certificate Program

Siena College also offers a certificate program in Environmental Studies.


The department also offers a minor in chemistry.

Internships and Research

Many students participate in a well-established internship program or work with faculty members on independent research projects. Stop by our student research page to see some of the work being done in the department.