Biochemistry and Chemical Biology Graduate Program

Explore the chemical processes of life in Binghamton University’s graduate program in biochemistry and chemical biology (BCCB), leading to the degrees of Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students receive broad, interdisciplinary training in biochemistry, chemical biology and related fields, and conduct original research in an area related to biochemistry and chemical biology. 

Graduate Programs

Research and Scholarly Activity

The MS and PhD degrees place major emphasis on scholarly activity, with the expectation of one or more original contributions, published in the peer-reviewed biochemical literature. In addition, students will gain experience in teaching biochemistry and an understanding of the ethical conduct of research and scholarship both in the MA/MS programs and in the PhD program.

Students who have an interest in teaching can earn a certificate of completion in college/university teaching by satisfying certificate requirements as defined by the Chemistry Department, in conjunction with the Graduate School.

Career Outcomes

As a laboratory science, our biochemistry and chemical biology program is grounded in biochemical and molecular biological techniques applicable to a wide range of job opportunities in academia, education, and the pharmaceutical, biotech and chemical industries, as well as in the public sector.

Biochemistry graduates can pursue a wide range of exciting career opportunities in diverse fields. In addition to research and instruction at the university level, opportunities include applied fields such as pharmacology, drug development, medicine and medical diagnostics, biomaterials/biotechnology, pollution bioremediation, food and drug regulation, food science and genetic engineering.


Admission to the graduate program is highly competitive. A bachelor's degree in biochemistry, chemistry or biology is generally required for all applicants. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts; a brief personal statement concerning their research experience, interests and goals; three letters of recommendation. Scores for Graduate Record Examination may be submitted but are not required.

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For fall admissions in the subsequent academic year, the program will start reviewing applications Dec. 1. The deadline for applications is Jan 15. Applications received after this date can be considered in case the fall class is not yet complete. The application deadline is January 15th.