The most current requirements for the major can be found here. Below is a summary of those requirements.

Chemistry Courses

Introductory Chemistry I and II (or honors)
Organic Chemistry I and II
Analytical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry: Kinetics and Thermodynamics
Biochemistry: Structure and Catalysis

Biology Courses

Introductory Biology I and II
Molecular Biology of the Cell
Biochemistry: Membranes, Nucleic Acids and Carbohydrates

Elective Courses (2 required)*
Developmental Biology
Cellular Neuroscience
Advanced Molecular Biology
Cancer Cell Biology
Genetics and Molecular Biology
Molecular Biophysics
Additional electives (choose 1)*
Any Biological Sciences Sub-cellular (not including BIO335 or BIO380) or Organismal Courses
Medicinal Chemistry
Chemical Instrumentation

*See course requirements for details

Seminars At Union

Weekly seminars in both Biology and Chemistry are great way to learn more about what goes on in Biochemistry outside of Union College.


A wiki that has lots of information about proteins. It is a great place to start learning about a protein. It works somewhat like Wikipedia, except that not all the pages are open for general editing and the pages are edited by people knowledgeable about proteins.

Protein Data Bank
The Protein Data Bank (PDB) is a repository for all solved protein structures. It gives coordinates for all atoms and other information about the protein structure.

A database maintained by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which tries to organize all the information available about biomedical sciences. It links together sequences, structures, references, etc


Structural Classification of Proteins (SCOP) organizes proteins into families based on their structural similarities.

Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes is a database of the metabolic pathways in different organisms. It neatly displays these pathways and the enzymes and metabolites involved in them. It is easiest to use if you enter an EC number for a particular enzyme. To do this, choose SEARCH OBJECTS IN KEGG PATHWAYS from the top table. Enter your EC number and click Exec.

OMIM is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. It is easiest to use if you enter an EC number for a particular enzyme.

A list of more than 2700 natural and synthetic small molecular entities: atoms, molecules, free radicals, ions, and other chemicals with biological impact. It lists the substance’s chemical classification, function, alternate names, structure, a link to KEGG, and the proteins it interacts with.

Small classes. Innovative work. State-of-the-art labs. Top-notch instruction. These are distinguishing characteristics of the Biochemistry major at Union.

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