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Undergraduate Programs

An undergraduate chemistry degree gives students a high level of flexibility as they develop skills and knowledge that can serve them in a wide variety of careers and post-baccalaureate pursuits across interdisciplinary fields like environmental science to focused practices in drug discovery and medical research.

Students will learn how to navigate complex coursework in chemistry while gaining unprecedented access to innovative labs, breaking ground in electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, atmospheric research, identifying disease pathways and understanding photochemistry.

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MAJORS
Your major is your chosen academic discipline, typically requiring four years of study. In addition to taking classes related to your field, you’ll take in liberal arts courses designed to diversify your learning and ensure you come out of college a well-rounded individual prepared for various professional pursuits. Some students choose their major immediately upon beginning school, while others decide after spending time determining the direction they wish to follow.
MINORS
A minor is a student’s secondary academic discipline. It requires a set framework of classes, though it’s less intensive than a major. Minors can either complement a major or give the student the opportunity to study a field in which they’re interested but do not wish to pursue as a major.
DUAL-DEGREES
A dual degree is a program of study in which students simultaneously pursue their undergraduate and graduate degrees, reducing the time required to achieve both. Typically, students complete their undergraduate studies after three years, as opposed to four, and take two more years to complete their graduate degree.
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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biochemistry

BS

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Science in biochemistry degree provides students with a springboard for pursuing graduate studies in chemistry, entering health-related programs such as medical, dental, or veterinary school, or working as chemists in industrial or government settings. Degree requirements include a minor in biological sciences.

Emphasizing undergraduate research, this program's curriculum couples hands-on experimental practice with the latest scientific equipment in all undergraduate laboratories. Chemistry and biochemistry faculty have international reputations in research and are committed mentors who strive to pass on their knowledge in our small, informal classes.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Chemistry

BA, Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Arts in chemistry stresses breadth, with fewer required chemistry courses than other chemistry degree options. This degree is designed to provide excellent preparation for secondary school science teachers, as well as for individuals who are considering careers in interdisciplinary fields such as environmental law and technology development.

As they work with faculty who are leaders in their research fields, our students enjoy small class sizes and informal settings. Students complete 40 credit hours of chemistry courses, many of which include experimental practice with state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, our BA students complete 12 credit hours of mathematics and 15 credit hours of physics.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Chemistry

BSCh

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Science in chemistry (BSCh) is designed to provide outstanding preparation for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in chemistry. Because of the strong chemical background this degree can help students acquire, it can also be an excellent choice for those who plan to enter the chemical industry upon graduation. The degree, accredited by the American Chemical Society, is characterized by a comprehensive exposure to chemistry and a significant research component.

Students in this program take 62 credit hours in chemistry, 15 more than required by the standard Bachelor of Science track. Many classes occur in our chemistry labs, where students can access state-of-the-art equipment for hands-on experimental practice. Along the way, our students take small classes from faculty with extensive research experience.
Our BSCh students also complete 20 credit hours of math and computer science, and 15 credit hours of physics. Students can also pursue a concentration in biochemistry through their electives.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Chemistry

BS, Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Science in chemistry provides both breadth and depth for students pursuing careers in science. Courses cover general chemistry, organic chemistry, quantitative analysis, instrumental analysis, physical chemistry, biochemistry and more. Students who complete this degree often go on to graduate school in chemistry, enter health-related programs such as medical, dental, pharmacy or veterinary school or work as chemists in industrial or governmental settings.

Our chemistry experiences include small, intimate courses with faculty with international reputations in research, and laboratory courses where students get to experiment with the latest equipment. In addition to our emphasis on undergraduate research guided by mentorship-focused faculty, the program also provides a holistic curriculum with courses in both mathematics and physics.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Environmental Chemistry

BS

About this Program

Many environmental problems are chemically related and solving them requires an application of chemical knowledge. The University of Denver's Bachelor of Science in environmental chemistry is designed for students pursuing careers in fields related to environmental areas. The degree requirements include a minor in geographic information systems, biology or sustainability to ensure a strong interdisciplinary background. Among the many post-graduation options for students in this program are graduate school in environmental science or work in a variety of environmentally-related fields.

With a minimum of 47 credit hours in chemistry, students take general, organic, physical and aquatic chemistry courses, as well as chemistry labs that put students in front of the latest equipment. Environmental chemistry students also take classes in biology, geography, calculus and physics. Along the way, students work in small class settings with internationally recognized faculty researchers dedicated to improving the world with their knowledge and expertise.