MSU Moorhead’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry will equip you for a multitude of career options in a variety of sectors, including industry, academia, government, nonprofit and entrepreneurship. You will develop well-rounded skills in problem-solving, analysis, and written and oral communication and gain undergraduate research experience that will competitively prepare you for graduate school and/or professional school.
MSUM’s Chemistry & Biochemistry Department is on the Approved List of the American Chemical Society (ACS), ensuring you receive the highest level of professional training for faculty, library resources, laboratory space, equipment and curriculum. Fewer than half of the nation’s chemistry departments have earned this distinction.
MSUM chemistry faculty are passionate about teaching. All of the department’s professors have a doctorate in one of these areas of chemistry specialization: biochemistry, analytical, physical, organic, inorganic or education. By employing chemistry “specialists” rather than “generalists,” the character of MSUM chemistry faculty matches that of much larger universities.
Introductory classes average 30-90 students while upper-level classes average 5-18 students, giving you the personal mentoring and hands-on experience a chemistry degree requires.
Langseth Hall unites students studying biology, chemistry and physics under one roof. Our chemistry laboratories are among the best equipped in the region and are available to undergraduate students, giving you access to outstanding instruments and powerful electronic databases.
You will have access to lab space solely for faculty-mentored undergraduate research, which generally involves 30 or more students annually. MSU Moorhead is a leader in engaging undergraduate students in faculty-mentored research, with some students performing research as early as their freshman year.
Chemistry Student Success Stories
Alumni often stay connected with their alma mater in one way or another. Tomi Sawyer has not only stayed connected to the university, he has returned to MSUM multiple times. This year he will be a keynote speaker at the 23rd Annual Andrew B. Conteh Student Academic Conference (SAC).
Tomi Sawyer began his career as a drug hunter by achieving the near impossible. As a graduate student at the University of Arizona, he invented a molecule that ultimately became a drug approved to treat a rare but debilitating disease affecting skin pigmentation.
MSUM’s Chemistry majors offer a unique selection of learning opportunities outside of the classroom that will grow your skills, stretch your limits and fuel your passions.