Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors

The Chemistry and Biochemistry majors offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals.

Program Learning Objectives

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of the traditional areas of chemistry.
2. Communicate complex technical information in written and/or oral format.
3. Interpret and draw conclusions from experimental data.
4. Demonstrate safe lab practices.
5. Retrieve chemical information from the chemical literature, books, and databases.

Resources for undergraduate chemistry students

What are the benefits of an ACS-certified degree?


The Department offers two concentrations in chemistry. One is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The other is the General Chemistry Concentration. The ACS-Approved Concentration (UCHA) allows flexibility to specialize in a particular area through choice of the elective, the advanced course, and the senior research project. The General Chemistry Concentration (UCHG) requires a minor in secondary education or one of the following areas: business, computer science, earth science, or mathematics.


The Department offers two concentrations in biochemistry, the ACS-Approved Biochemistry Concentration (UBCA) and the General Biochemistry Concentration (UBCG). Both concentrations allow students to select courses covering a wide range of topics in chemistry and biology. The General Biochemistry Concentration requires a minor in secondary education or one of the following areas: biology, business, communication arts, journalism, mathematics, or nutrition.


Chemistry and Biochemistry majors interested in pursuing a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or other health-related career will need to take additional courses beyond their major requirements in order to qualify for entry into the appropriate professional school. The Pre-Health Studies Program, jointly run by the Biology Department and the Chemistry & Food Science Department, provides career-specific course guidance to these students, as well as the opportunity to apply to the Health Professions Advisory Committee for a composite letter of recommendation. Please visit the Pre-Health Studies Program page for more information.