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Chemistry and Biochemistry: a reaction, a synthesis, a journey into science

The rigorous chemistry program deals with the study of matter, its properties, its transformations and the factors underlying changes of these substances. Biochemistry expands these foundations of chemistry to understanding the molecules of living systems.

Students learn to perform and design chemical experiments by using modern instrumentation (including NMR, UV-Vis, SEM, FT-IR, GC-MS, and HPLC) in a well-equipped laboratory where they can experience chemical phenomena for themselves. Some examples of the scope of Chemistry include: synthesis of polymers and drugs; battery technology; computational drug design, and protein interactions.

Degree Programs

It is important that students consult closely with their department advisers about their programs, particularly in the selection of proper electives to satisfy the entrance requirements of the various professional schools.

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry  degree program is recommended for those students interested in secondary education science teaching,  some careers in health medicine, or a career in the paramedical laboratory specialties. The prospective secondary school teacher will also consult with the education department.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree is recommended for those majors who seek employment as a chemist/biochemist or for those who intend to study chemistry in graduate school. Research is required for the B.S. degree.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree is recommended for students intending to go to graduate school in biochemistry or the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc.). Research is required for the B.S. degree.