The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry enjoys a solid reputation as a quality program with faculty who strive to be the best teachers and researchers on campus.
Coursework in Chemistry and Biochemistry is designed to prepare students for a variety of options and career paths following graduation. The upper division courses are based on a sequence of integrated laboratory/lecture courses in organic/physical chemistry, inorganic/physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, instrumental methods and biochemistry.
Our courses impart a strong foundation in the principles and practices of modern chemistry and biochemistry within the framework of a liberal arts education, and in the laboratory, students gain extensive experience with sophisticated instrumentation and computer equipment.
Forty-eight percent of our alumni pursue graduate school in the health sciences, chemistry or biochemistry. Recent graduates have entered doctoral programs at universities such as University of California, Los Angeles, Cal Tech, MIT and Scripps Research Institute. Other recent graduates have entered medical or pharmacy programs at institutions such as Creighton University, Thomas Jefferson University and University of California, Irvine, while other graduates are working with organizations like Pfizer, Proctor and Gamble, Pharmatek and Genomics Foundation of Novartis, to name just a few.
Why Choose Chemistry or Biochemistry at USD?
Students' relationships with their faculty create productive research opportunities, effective advising and career counseling, as well as opportunities for recommendations for medical and graduate schools.
Student Research Opportunities
Our students must complete at least 100 hours of undergraduate research, so each student gains valuable experience that enhances their professional pursuits, as well as solidifies their knowledge of concepts and procedures.
Advanced Faculty Research
Exposure to active research conducted by faculty encourages a climate of academic excellence and provides students with opportunities to co-publish with faculty advisors. Faculty serve as models of what students could accomplish if they choose to pursue advanced degrees.
Liberal Arts Foundation
Students have a well-rounded liberal arts foundation upon which their chemistry/biochemistry knowledge is built. This provides a holistic perspective of how chemistry/ biochemistry can affect other facets of the human experience.
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