Undergraduate Programs

Why Study Chemistry and Biochemistry?

Our undergraduate program provides training for students planning careers in the chemical and biological sciences and also for those in biology, health related disciplines, earth sciences, secondary education, business, journalism, and law. A unique strength of our program is the opportunity for undergraduates to participate in the activities of a dynamic research group that considers problems extending well beyond textbook instruction.

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Major in Chemistry and Biochemistry

We have developed an outstanding undergraduate program that will prepare you with options for the future. Choosing one of our focus areas can help guide you through upper-division course work based on your specific interests. The ACS-certified degree further emphasizes laboratory experience and the development of professional skills.

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Honors in Chemistry and Biochemistry

An Honors degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry requires substantial laboratory research that is supervised by a faculty member. Each term, the department identifies graduating seniors that qualify for their degree with Honors. 


Chemistry student Eric Nummedal

Pursuing Knowledge in Chemistry and Biochemistry

"I found the resources necessary to create great change, but most importantly, an infectious enthusiasm for the pursuit of knowledge. My achievements would not have been possible without the tireless support of professors, peers, and graduate teaching assistants."

—Eric Nummedal, Biochemistry major, '16


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Real-World Experience

Our students gain valuable training in laboratory and research skills that translate into industry careers, as well as prepare students for graduate studies. From internships and lab work to conference presentations and study abroad experiences, explore the ways to learn about this field in a practical setting.


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What You Can Do with a Chemistry or Biochemistry Degree

Skills taught in our program have helped our graduates land exciting and fulfilling careers. Learn about possible pathways and hear from alumni.


Advising and Academic Support

Schedule an appointment with a faculty or peer advisor, find academic support, and get answers.

Departmental Advising and Support

Scholarships and Awards

Learn about ways to apply for funding through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Explore Scholarships and Awards

Events

Organic/Inorganic/Materials Chemistry Seminar Series
Feb23
Organic/Inorganic/Materials Chemistry Seminar Series Feb 23 Willamette Hall
Physical Chemistry Seminar
Feb26
Physical Chemistry Seminar Feb 26 Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall
Health Grad & Career Expo
Apr24
Health Grad & Career Expo Apr 24 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)