Academic Catalog

Chemistry and Biochemistry

About the Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty

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Chemistry is primarily concerned with matter, energy, and their interactions. Chemists do a wide variety of things:

  • Make new substances, including new materials and medicines.
  • Design new ways to make known compounds.
  • Isolate and determine chemical structures of naturally occurring substances.
  • Elucidate the chemical mechanisms behind biological processes.
  • Attempt to explain the changes matter undergoes.
  • Develop and apply analytical techniques to identify and quantify chemicals in biological, environmental, developmental, or industrial samples.
  • Work in the chemical industry, do research in science labs and medical labs, and apply chemical knowledge to solve societal and technological problems.
  • Prepare for a professional health care career 

Chemists are also concerned about the effect their work and technology have on society and on individuals. They are in the forefront of efforts to make sure that technology serves society and stewards resources well.

Our Mission

The curriculum is designed to serve students who desire a career in chemistry, biochemistry, or science education, or are interested in pursuing further study in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, or the other sciences.