Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry



Chemistry (B.S.)

Our chemistry program offers four emphases that are approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS): chemistry, biochemistry, chemical physics and environmental chemistry. 

We focus on building the technical and communication skills needed for a career as a chemist in chemical manufacturing, electronics, textiles, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, plastics, agriculture or food industries. You'll apply what you've learned to a year-long undergraduate research project that culminates in a senior thesis and seminar presentation.

Our program is also an excellent foundation for graduate studies and professional schools.

Biochemistry - ACS (B.S.)

Our biochemistry degree is an excellent pre-professional curriculum for medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and dentistry as well as graduate studies in biochemistry and related fields.

Our biochemistry majors complete a senior thesis and seminar presentation.

Chemistry Teaching (B.S.)

We offer two bachelor's degrees in science teaching that are approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

  • Chemistry/General Science Education, Grades 5-12
  • Chemistry Education, Grades 9-12

In addition to science courses, all teaching licensure candidates must complete professional education courses, offered through the School of Education, as well as the Liberal Education Program. Students considering this major are encouraged to contact the science education advisor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the earliest opportunity.  


We offer minors in chemistry (departmental approval is required) and forensic science.
List of chemistry minor electives. List of forensic science minor electives.

Pre-Professional Programs


Pre-Med and Pre-Dentistry programs are also available.


Professional Science Master's - Materials Science and Instrumentation

This inter-disciplinary curriculum of the Professional Science Master's program introduces students to material science and nano-technology as they relate to chemical structure, composition and characterization of materials.

As of Fall 2015, we became the only school in Minnesota to offer the program, which pairs advanced scientific exploration with hands-on experience while you build business, marketing and management skills.