Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society; see what that means for our undergraduate programs. Our programs lead to undergraduate degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. There are a number of graduate programs offered in the department like a combined BS/MS, an MS in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry as well as an MS in Chemistry.

Located in Richardson Hall, we have teaching laboratories for introductory, general, organic, physical, analytical, and biochemistry courses, in addition to research and instrument labs that are used both for coursework and for faculty and student research.

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 graduate articulate and creative individuals ready for careers or advanced studies in chemistry, biochemistry and the chemistry-based sciences including medicine, pharmacology, biotechnology and bioengineering. To achieve these goals, all students involved in our programs can expect to:

  1. Develop an understanding of the physical and chemical behavior of matter.
  2. Develop lifelong skills including:
    • the ability to think logically and clearly
    • articulating their thoughts
    • critically evaluating experimental data and the scientific literature
    • personal disciplines such as organization and time management
  3. Become prepared for careers and graduate studies in chemistry, biochemistry, and related fields.

Additionally, we offer graduate programs that are highly regarded and prepare graduate students to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to assume positions of leadership as members of the scientific and business communities.

Chemistry and biochemistry forms 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 by promoting the development of a scholarly climate conducive to intellectual growth, providing graduate and undergraduate instruction of the highest quality, offering graduate programs that are highly regarded and fostering significant research and scholarly activities in chemistry, biochemistry and interdisciplinary fields.