Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Biochemistry BS


955 Main Street, Suite 4102
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Buffalo, NY 14203
Mark R. O'Brian
Alfred S. Ponticelli
Director of Undergraduate Education
(HEGIS: 04.14 BIOCHEMISTRY, CIP: 26.0202 Biochemistry)

Why study Biochemistry BS at UB?

Biochemistry explores the chemical principles that underlie biological processes. The course of study in biochemistry emphasizes macromolecular structure and function, control of gene expression, and metabolic regulation as they relate to basic and biomedical science. The design of the Biochemistry program provides strong preparation to students for advanced study in medical, dental or graduate school, or for occupations in academic, industrial, medical or governmental settings. The strength of the program lies in the extensive student research experience in the laboratories of the faculty.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Understand the chemical nature of important biological macromolecules, the principles underlying their structural organization, and how their structure determines function.
  • Gain familiarity with the scientific literature, including using online databases; understand the creation and testing of scientific hypotheses, and critical evaluation of experimental data.
  • Learn specific laboratory skills relevant to future careers.

The Learning Environment

The Biochemistry core curriculum provides a comprehensive learning environment through the combination of didactic lectures, analysis and discussion of the scientific literature, and hands-on research training. Fundamentals of Biochemistry are taught in a didactic lecture based course (BCH 403) containing approximately 200 students from several programs. The remainder of the core curriculum (BCH 401, BCH 404, BCH 405 and BCH 407) include (i) literature based discussion courses (15-25 students) that emphasize reading, analyzing, writing and discussion of advanced topics in modern biochemistry, and (ii) three semesters of hands-on research training in a faculty member’s laboratory (BCH 498, see Experiential Learning).

About Our Facilities

UB’s new downtown Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences features:

  • Eight floors; 628,000 square feet
  • Interior seven-story glass atrium, terra-cotta and glass rain screen façade
  • State-of-the art laboratory space
  • Sky-bridge connections to adjacent hospital, medical building
  • Built-in NFTA-Metro rail station for convenient public access

Research conducted in faculty laboratories utilizes cutting-edge technologies and equipment. State of the art core research facilities within the department include a Proteomics Core (MALDI-TOF Mass Spec, 2D-Differential Gel Electrophoresis) and a Molecular Interactions Suite (Biacore SPR Instrument, Isothermal Calorimeter). Students also have access to core facilities located throughout UB to support their research that include a Confocal Microscopy Core (confocal microscopes, laser dissection, flow cytometry, molecular imaging, real‐time PCR), Microarray and Affymetrix Cores, and a Transgenic Mouse Core (at Roswell Park Cancer Center).

About Our Faculty

The Department of Biochemistry presently includes 23 full-time faculty: 12 Professors, 6 Associate Professors, and 5 Assistant Professors. These numbers include two SUNY Distinguished Professors. In addition, we have a total of 14 research track and secondary appointees and two emeritus Distinguished. Biochemistry faculty are in important leadership positions at the School and university levels, including a new Communities of Excellence award. Faculty are actively involved in editorial boards, study sections and are invited to speak at National/International meetings and at universities and research institutes.

Recent Faculty achievements include Laura Feltri receiving the Exceptional Scholar Program Sustained Achievement Award, Norma Nowak receiving the JSMBS Distinguished Biomedical Alumni Award and Mark O’Brian receiving the Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biochemistry department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Students with good laboratory and analytical ability and interest in the chemical basis of life will excel in biochemistry.

80% of our students go on to professional schools in medicine, dentistry, or graduate school.

Alumni in biochemistry have gone on to careers in the following fields:

  • Agronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Consumer protection
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental science
  • Food and drug analysis and technology
  • Genetics
  • Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Patent law
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Public Health
  • Sales

Academic Advising

Intended students in their first two years will work with the Biomedical Undergraduate office to create an academic plan, discuss course selection and workload management. Advisor assignments are determined by students’ academic year.

The purpose of advisement is to provide students with guidance in course sequencing and selection. In-person advisement is required in your first year at the University to develop an appropriate academic plan to facilitate a timely graduation. Students are required to meet with their advisor in the first year of study and are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once a semester. In addition to assisting students in completing their degree in a timely manner, advisors also connect students to campus resources that can aid in their academic success and meeting their post-graduate or professional goals.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Biomedical Undergraduate Education
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
40 Biomedical Education Building (BEB) – South Campus

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Education

Kelli Hickey, Director

Shannon M. Brown
Assistant Director

Scholarships and Financial Support

Somit Scholarship: The Mary Rosenblum Somit Scholarship was initiated by Albert Somit, a former UB executive vice president, to benefit “hard-working and deserving undergraduate students” in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The Mary Rosenblum Somit Scholarship provides a $4,000 scholarship ($2,000 per semester) to one student pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences or Pharmacology and Toxicology. For eligibility criteria, the application and more information, please visit the Mary Rosenblum Somit Scholarship webpage. Application Deadline: April 1st.


955 Main Street, Suite 4102
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Buffalo, NY 14203
Mark R. O'Brian
Alfred S. Ponticelli
Director of Undergraduate Education
(HEGIS: 04.14 BIOCHEMISTRY, CIP: 26.0202 Biochemistry)

Subjects & Courses

Published: August 16, 2018 09:18:51 AM