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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.).

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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.

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Haarberg 3D Center announces pilot grant awards

South Dakota State University's Haarberg Center for Drug, Disease and Delivery, housed in the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, has announced its second round of funding for research projects through the Haarberg 3D Center's Pilot Grant Program. ...

SDSU faculty recognized for excellence

The annual South Dakota State University Celebration of Faculty Excellence recognized 25 faculty members, researchers and scientists Tuesday. The event honors faculty members in the university's colleges for outstanding research, teaching and service.

Nobel Prize winner to present for Lardy Distinguished Lecture Series

Carolyn Bertozzi, recipient of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will speak at the 27th annual Henry A. Lardy Distinguished Lecture Series in Chemistry at South Dakota State University on Feb. 6.