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Chemistry & Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and biochemistry, a Master of Science degree in chemistry and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in chemistry or biochemistry.

The BS chemistry and biochemistry majors both meet the certification requirements of the American Chemical Society. Both majors are excellent preparation for medical, dental, veterinary, or chiropractic school admission. They provide training for students planning to attend graduate school or work in the chemical or biochemical industries. Students in both 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 receive a full assistantship to support them during their studies.

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Resources for Current Students

  • Tutoring: If you are in need of tutoring for any chemistry course please contact our department office at 605-688-5151 and we can put you in contact with our grad student tutors.

Considering Pre-Med?

Did you know that on average, chemistry or biochemistry majors score 2 points higher on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) than any other science major (biology, psychology, etc)?

Source:, 2011 data

2016 REU

REU SITE: Green/Environmental Chemistry



Chem Ed 2017 Conference

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SDSU Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
July 23rd - 27th, 2017