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Biochemistry (BS)

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Why Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is where life science and chemical science combine. This blend of study focuses on the chemical processes which take place in living organisms, and are critical to our understanding of diseases, genetics, nutrition and more.

This degree will prepare you for admission to competitive graduate and professional programs in science, medicine, dentistry, and more.

Why Study Biochemistry at Iona?

You’ll learn from and work closely with our Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty who are active scientists and who will be mentors to you as you find your career path and apply for graduate programs or jobs.

You’ll have opportunities to participate in research projects, attend conferences, publish in academic journals, and gain hands-on experience through internships.

What You'll Learn

You will learn what happens below the surface of humans, plants, animals and other organisms. You will explore how food becomes energy, what causes and what cures diseases, the ways that chemistry controls your emotions and moods, and more.

You will learn to research, collect and analyze data, communicate complex ideas, and present findings – all critical skills for successful careers, inside or outside the lab setting.

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Program Highlights

Early Acceptance Programs

Our program has early acceptance articulation agreements in which Iona students who meet the required qualifications can automatically reserve a seat in medical school, dental school, or pharmacy school during their senior year of high school or first year of college. Iona College has agreements with the following programs:

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine: medical, dental or pharmacy
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • New York College of Chiropractic Medicine

Early Acceptance Programs

Careers in Science Program

Careers in Science is a program established to provide information about career opportunities in the sciences and in science related fields to Iona students.

You will have a chance to meet accomplished professionals in many areas of science and talk face-to-face about your interests with experts in the field!

Careers in Science

Hands-on Fieldwork and Internships

Thanks to our extensive alumni network and connections, you'll have opportunities to participate in research experiences and internships that will broaden your skills and your career connections.

Lynnie Chong

Being a part of Dr. Lee’s lab has allowed me to gain research experience and learn new lab techniques. I've traveled with Dr. Lee to Boston and San Diego to present our research, which has won two awards. I am so excited to see what the future holds!

Lynnie Chong '21

Careers & Outcomes

Apply your research skills and expertise with advanced technology to find solutions and make discoveries in the field of biochemistry.

Our students have gained admission to prestigious degree programs that have prepared them for successful careers in science, medicine, and beyond. Iona students have gone to earn degrees – Ph.D., MS, JD, MD, PharmD, DDS – at many renowned institutions.

Graduate & Medical School Placements:

  • Brown University
  • Cornell University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York University Dental School
  • Montefiore Einstein Medical School
  • University of Chicago


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Burke Neurological Institute
Pfizer Inc.
Dominion Energy
Interchem Corporation
Specified Testing Labs LLC

National Science Foundation S-STEM Program

Iona College has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to recruit, support and retain undergraduate students majoring in Chemistry and Computer Science. The award will support economically disadvantaged students with high academic aptitude, for scholarships in Chemistry and Computer Science.


NSF S-STEM Program

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