Skip to main content

Image for Chemistry & Biochemistry

Chemistry & Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers many paths to success, offering several degree options for undergraduate and graduate students. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and chemistry education for undergraduate students. For graduate students, the department offers a Master of Science degree in chemistry (M.S.), Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemistry with a chemical education specialization, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in chemistry (Ph.D.) or biochemistry (Ph.D.).

Our Programs

    The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). Each major sets students up for successful admission into various health professional programs, such as medical, dental, veterinary or chiropractic schools. They provide training for students planning to attend graduate school or work in the chemical or biochemical industries. Students in both chemistry and biochemistry majors have the option of developing a specialization in secondary (high school) teaching, and students pursuing the chemistry major have the option of developing an emphasis in environmental chemistry or materials science.

    The graduate programs in the department lead to the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in chemistry or a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry. Research programs exist in analytical, biochemistry, chemical education, environmental, organic, and physical chemistry. All students admitted to the graduate program have the opportunity to receive a full assistantship to support them during their studies.

    What Does It Mean to Major in Chemistry or Biochemistry?

    Request Information for Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Chemistry & Biochemistry News

    See All Our News
    2020 John Miller Scholarship recipient Vivian Osei Poku

    Osei Poku Selected to 2020-2022 Phi Kappa Phi Council of Students

    South Dakota State University student Vivian Osei Poku recently was selected to serve on The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's 2020-2022 Council of Students.

    NIH project seeks to improve cancer-fighting therapeutics

    Professor Adam Hoppe is working with researchers at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom to improve the effectiveness of antibody therapeutics designed to fight cancer and target autoimmune disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

    SDSU scientists to examine how coronavirus infects cells

    Identifying the mechanisms through which the new coronavirus enters and infects cells can help scientists combat COVID-19—and perhaps other emerging viruses.