Biochemistry Program Overview

Within the biochemistry major, students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree. In both the BA and the BS program, students can personalize their choice of classes to study a particular field while learning essential topics in biology and chemistry.

Whether you’re interested in animal biochemistry, immunology, genetics, plant biochemistry, or cellular or molecular biology, you’ll apply core knowledge in laboratory settings and through directed research projects. In a career-focused capstone course, all biochemistry majors dive into practicing research methods and preparing for academic and professional careers.

A supportive faculty, small class sizes, and opportunities to join robust research initiatives allow Manhattanville students to grow the relationships and build experiences that ensure success in their future careers.

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Both our BA and BS in Biochemistry degrees allow students to tailor their major to their career goals through electives and projects, all supported by a well-rounded general education program.

Each degree program consists of at least 120 credits in courses, including required biochemistry major courses, scientific electives, and a career-focused capstone course.

BA in Biochemistry Degree Requirements
In addition to general education courses fostering fundamental communication and interdisciplinary cooperation, the Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry degree requirements include:

  • 35 credits in foundational biochemistry major courses
  • One elective focusing on a biological field
  • One elective focusing on a field of chemistry
  • Research-based capstone course
  • Select math and science courses in relevant subject areas (co-requisites)

Find complete degree requirements for the BA in Biochemistry, including course descriptions, in the Manhattanville catalog.


BS in Biochemistry Degree Requirements
Biochemistry majors in the Bachelor of Science program take further specialized biology and chemistry elective courses. Requirements include:

  • 35 credits in biochemistry major courses
  • Select co-requisites covering relevant math and science subjects
  • One to three biology electives
  • One to three chemistry electives
  • Research capstone course

Review the most current degree requirements for the BS in Biochemistry, and please contact Dr. Christopher Pappas with any questions.


Biochemistry Courses 
From hands-on lab courses to a capstone course exploring research methods and career paths in the life sciences, courses in Manhattanville’s biochemistry programs impart the experiential and technical skills sought-after in many roles. You’ll take courses covering essential topics such as:

  • Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

You’ll also have the opportunity to take advanced courses in key areas of the field, like:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chemical and Instrumental Analysis
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Immunology
  • Forensic Biology

In BIO 3400, the Research Methods in the Life Sciences courses, you’ll culminate your studies in projects focusing on advancing your research capabilities and career development skills.

Division Chair 

Christopher J. Pappas



Darlene Gandolfi
Wendy McFarlane
Christopher Pappas
Nancy Todd
Anna Yeung-Cheung


Adjunct Faculty
Naureen Shahid

In our Accelerated Dual Degree program, you can add a graduate degree to your already-flexible bachelor’s degree in just one year, opening advanced career opportunities and saving on graduate tuition.


Learn more about the BA/BS Biochemistry + MS Biomedical Sciences

In addition to the Biochemistry BA and BS, Manhattanville offers the following bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the sciences:


Pre-Health Track for Biochemistry Majors
Biochemistry majors preparing for medical school, dental school, and other advanced health science professions can enroll in Manhattanville’s Pre-Health program. Through one-on-one advising, the Pre-Health pathway ensures you take essential courses and prepare for graduate school entrance exams, interviews, and the application process.

Review the Pre-Health program information.


Adding a minor to your Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree broadens your perspective and adds depth to your skillset. Science minors that could complement your biochemical education include:

Graduates of Manhattanville’s biochemistry degree programs can work in commercial or educational laboratories and for pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies in roles like chemist or technician. You’ll gain the communication skills to go into science writing or consulting and explore many other career choices.

Earning a bachelor’s in biochemistry is also ideal for students interested in graduate school in biological, chemical, and medical fields, from general medicine, genetics, microbiology, physiology, and immunology to toxicology and pharmacology.

Through the BA and BS in Biochemistry programs, students gain the ability to:

  • Exhibit quantitative reasoning and analysis abilities and problem-solving skills by choosing appropriate techniques or procedures for a given problem.
  • Demonstrate mastery of scientific writing skills by preparing laboratory reports and research papers that follow the guidelines of scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge by completing course requirements and electives in Biology and Chemistry.

While building the necessary applied skills and a breadth of knowledge in biological and chemical fields, as a biochemistry student you’ll foster professional relationships with peers and faculty in preparation for educational and career opportunities post-graduation.

Manhattanville’s biochemistry majors gain a complete comprehension of biochemical knowledge so they can pursue rewarding careers in the life sciences and beyond.

If you’re ready to learn more about our experience-driven bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry, including the pre-health professions track, request more information today. Or, take the next step and learn how to apply.