Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society. With this structure our programs lead to undergraduate degrees in chemistry and biochemistry, and students can follow a curriculum to earn an ACS-certified degree in chemistry. 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 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.

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 which can be found on the Safety Manuals & Resources page.

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 chemistry-based sciences including medicine, pharmacology, biotechnology and bioengineering. To achieve these goals, all students involved in our programs can expect to:

  • Understand the physical and chemical behavior of matter.
  • Develop lifelong skills
    • 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
  • Foster a skillset for careers and graduate studies in chemistry, biochemistry, and related fields.

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. We take on this responsibilty by promoting 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.