Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry


chemistry programs


BMB Biochemistry (B.S.)

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program has two tracks:

  • Biochemistry, sponsored by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology, sponsored by the Department of Biology

This program replaces the old Biochemistry major and Biology’s Biotechnology major.

ASBMB AccreditationOur BMB biochemistry degree is approved by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).  The BMB degree is a rigorous program of study at the interface of modern chemistry and biology.  In addition to being a pathway to careers in industry, it is an excellent pre-professional curriculum for medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and dentistry as well as graduate studies in many areas of chemistry, biochemistry and related fields.

Graduates of the BMB program will be well trained in the technical, collaborative and communication skills needed to begin careers in fields such as biomedicine, pharmaceutical science, biochemistry; or to pursue post-graduate education.

Questions: Contact Dr. Bruender in Chemistry or Dr. Kvaal in Biology

Chemistry - ACS (B.S.)

Our chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).  It is a rigorous program that focuses on the five subdisciplines of chemistry: organic, inorganic, physical, analytical and biochemistry.  Students can also choose a biochemistry emphasis that includes all these fundamental areas with additional coursework in biology.

 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.  Our program is also an excellent foundation for graduate studies in chemistry (especially physical and inorganic chemistry) and professional schools.

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). 

In addition to science courses, all teaching licensure candidates must complete professional education courses, offered through the College of Education and Learning Design, 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.  


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.

ACS approved

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