The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society providing students a curriculum to earn an ACS-certified degree in chemistry in addition to their undergraduate degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. There are also numerous graduate programs offered including a combined BS/MS and an MS in Chemistry with an optional concentration in Biochemistry. Our graduate programs prepare students to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to assume positions of leadership within the scientific and business communities.

Located in Richardson Hall, we have teaching laboratories for introductory, general, organic, physical, analytical and biochemistry courses. Research and instrument labs fill the remaining spaces, used for both coursework and faculty and student research. When using the labs it is important to know the safety protocols, information found on the Safety Manuals & Resources page. We also abide by the principals or green chemistry, both in our teachings and in the lab.

The Department is dedicated to teaching chemistry and biochemistry in a stimulating environment that provides ample opportunity for hands-on experimentation and individual research. Our mission is to prepare and position articulate and creative individuals for careers or advanced studies in chemistry, biochemistry and chemistry-based sciences including medicine and pharmacology, expedited by our Articulation Programs, biotechnology and bioengineering. With this mission in mind, all students involved in our programs can expect to:

  • Understand the physical and chemical behavior of matter
  • Develop lifelong skills including:
    • the ability to think logically and clearly
    • articulating thoughts
    • critically evaluating experimental data and the scientific literature
    • personal disciplines such as organization and time management

Chemistry and biochemistry form the core of the physical and life sciences. As a result, the Department is expected to play a central role in the transmission, expansion and application of knowledge. To fulfill this responsibilty we:

  • promote a scholarly climate conducive to intellectual growth
  • provide instruction of the highest quality
  • offer graduate programs that are highly regarded
  • foster significant research and scholarly activities in chemistry, biochemistry and interdisciplinary fields.


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Student Information

Use the following links to find information regarding programs, advising, scholarships, and more.

Looking to continue your education in a medical field? Visit the Pre-Health Advisory Committee website to learn about what you need to do for a letter of recommendation and to ensure you’re prepared for medical school.

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All students within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are encouraged to participate in research projects under the supervision of faculty.


Contact Chemistry and Biochemistry
Richardson Hall Room 356

Department Administrators

Name Title Email Office Extension
Johannes Schelvis Chairperson  RICH 354 3301
Diane Prince Secretarial Assistant RICH 356 5140