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Department of

Chemistry and Biochemistry


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.  

You can find more information on our curriculum using the links on the left. Some instructors also maintain course-specific information on their Faculty web-pages.

Each year, the Department offers “Special Topics” courses that provide an advanced experience in a modern, topical application of chemistry or biochemistry.  Examples include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Extreme Biochemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • NMR Spectroscopy
  • Nucleic Acid Chemistry
  • Pollution in the Sand

Dr. Bolender and chemistry majors in Baja Sur for Pollution in the Sand, Summer 2005.