Experiential Learning

Our students gain valuable training in laboratory skills that translate into health profession and industry careers, as well as prepare students for graduate studies. Students are involved in the Knight Campus Undergraduate Scholars Program, and often join faculty to work on research projects.

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Get Involved in Research

Sixty percent of undergraduate majors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry participate in research. Our students work in research-equipped laboratories on scientific problems that take them well beyond the scope of textbook instruction. Students collaborate with professors on research exploring a variety of topics, including:

  • Bioorganic/chemical biology
  • Inorganic, organometallic chemistry
  • Materials chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Theoretical chemical physics
  • Optics & spectroscopy
  • Biochemistry, molecular biology
  • Biophysics

Undergraduate Research

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Gain Real-World Experience

Students can work in a host of cutting-edge research labs across the department where they are trained in experimental methods and logic and participate in experiential learning research within the lab that synergizes with coursework.


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Showcase Your Creative Work

Poster and oral presentations at university events and science conferences give biochemistry and chemistry students experience in presenting and public speaking, as well as valuable networks and training for their career tracks. Co-authoring scientific publications gives students experience in the assembly and writing of scientific manuscripts, a valuable addition to their CV.

Publications and Creative Work

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Travel and Study Around the World

Studying abroad for your Chemistry or Biochemistry major or to satisfy other requirements will set you apart entering the job market or graduate school. Study and intern abroad experiences are available during the summer or academic year to fit into your academic plan.

Study Abroad

Join a Student Group

Get involved in campus activities and connect with your peers in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry by joining one of our many student groups.

Student Groups

Hear from Experts on the Cutting Edge of Science 

Explore listings of seminars put on by the UO Chemistry Department and our connected institutes, including the Knight Campus, Oregon Center for Optical, Molecular and Quantum Science, and the Materials Science Institute.