Mund-Lagowski Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Chemistry and biochemistry occupy unique territory. Chemistry is often called the “central science” because it links physical sciences (physics, materials science, etc.) with life sciences (biology, genetics, etc.) and applied sciences (engineering and medicine). Chemistry focuses on substances’ behavior at the most basic level while biochemistry uses chemistry principles to understand living organisms. Both degrees are valuable in careers as varied as agriculture, forensic science, medicine and renewable materials development.
Both majors give you a strong foundation in all five areas of chemistry — analytical, organic, inorganic, physical and biochemistry. You develop communication, critical thinking and lab skills through faculty mentorship and research projects at the forefront of science.
The Mund-Lagowski Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers you multiple routes to a degree. You can pursue a degree in biochemistry or chemistry high school education. You also can pursue a chemistry degree with one of four concentrations — American Chemical Society-certified, pre-med, pre-pharmacy or business. Additionally, you can earn a graduate degree in chemistry or biochemistry. The graduate degrees are available as traditional two-year programs or five-year programs combined with undergraduate degrees. A chemistry minor also is available.