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Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

As a student in this Department, your courses will be taught by faculty members who are at the top of their fields, and are interested in the development of each and every student. 

We offer several courseDepartment Head Alvan Hengges of study suitable to prepare students a number of careers, such as the biochemistry or medical professions, or industrial chemistry.  Undergraduate students choose to work toward a BS degree in either chemistry or biochemistry. Chemistry majors can choose among several emphasis areas, including professional or environmental chemistry; life science; or chemical education.

Many of our undergraduate students engage in mentored research, which puts them in touch with some of the exciting and modern developments in chemistry and biochemistry.  We are housed in a modern chemistry building with some of the best designed and up-to-date labs and lecture rooms in the nation. Our graduates have gone on to enjoyable and profitable careers.

Graduate students can complete masters or doctorate degrees in either biochemistry or chemistry by doing and publishing cutting-edge research, with ample opportunities to present their work at national conferences along the way.  We hold regular informational and professional development activities that are tailored to give our students an advantage in the job hunt, according to whether they plan to enter an academic or an industrial career. 

I hope you will dive deeper into our Department, who we are, what we do, and what you can accomplish here. Please feel free to contact me directly.  Elsewhere on our website you will find our most recent publications, nearly all of which have student co-authors.  We welcome visitors to the Department, and joining our Facebook page will help keep you up to date on current developments.

CLICK HERE for more information on our undergraduate program, or HERE for our graduate program.

Professor and Deparment Head
Alvan Hengge