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Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department is on the Approved List of the American Chemical Society (ACS), a distinction earned by fewer than half of the nation’s chemistry departments. Courses are taught by dedicated professors who have doctorate degrees, with many focused on a chemistry specialization. While our professors actively conduct independent research, their primary interest and responsibility is offering excellent classroom instruction, overseeing student research and assisting students like you outside of the classroom.

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  • Benefits of an MSUM Chemistry & Biochemistry Department Degree
    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.
    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.
    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.
    According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, no other major has the combination of large numbers and high MCAT scores than physical sciences, which typically includes chemistry majors. The MCAT score is a significant factor in acceptance into medical school.
    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.
    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 & Biochemistry Deparment News
    • Come and join the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club
      Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 6-7 p.m. | CMU 216 The Chemistry and Biochemistry Club is meeting this Wednesday, Feb. 28 […]
    • MSUM American Chemical Society student chapter receives honorable mention
      The American Chemical Society student chapter at MSUM received an Honorable Mention award for the 2016-2017 academic year — with […]
    • Symposium for Strong Summer Scholars
      Friday, Oct. 6 | 2-3 p.m. | Hagen 104 Strong Summer Research Scholars will be recognized at a symposium on […]
    • Planned IT Maintenance
      On Tuesday June 20, 2017, starting at 9 a.m., there will be planned IT Maintenance. We will be upgrading one […]
    • Celebrate Dr. Asoka Marasinghe’s retirement
      Wednesday, May 3 | 2-4 p.m. | Hagen Hall Library 104 Please join the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as […]
    • Meet the new Noyce scholars
      By Lexi Byler, MSUM Marketing Intern MSU Moorhead’s Robert Noyce Grant Project gives current students majoring in science or mathematics, […]
    • Biosecurity Expert Michael Osterholm to speak at MSUM March 23
      Author of Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs Michael Osterholm, an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology and […]
    • Dille Fund for Excellence Grants
      Please join us in congratulating this year’s Dille Fund for Excellence Grant recipients:  Rachel Stotts (Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences): […]
    • MSUM New Hires
      Please join us in welcoming the following new employees to Minnesota State University Moorhead. Make sure to stop by their […]
    • Symposium for Strong Summer Scholars
      Friday, Oct. 14 | 3 p.m. | Hagen 104 Strong Summer Research Scholars will be recognized at a symposium on […]
    • Chemistry Seminar on Oct. 10
      Monday, Oct. 10 | 2 p.m. | Langseth 102  Gary Edvenson, Ph.D., will be giving a chemistry seminar on Monday, […]
    • Upcoming Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminars
      The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has seminars on Sept. 16 and Sept. 23.  Sept. 16 | 2-2:50 p.m. | […]
    • MSUM New Hires
      Please join us in welcoming the following new employees to Minnesota State University Moorhead!  Make sure to stop by their […]
    • Lifelong Journey
      MSUM Couple Continues Education at Stanford University By Danielle Rebel It took traveling nearly 7,700 miles from Ethiopia to Minnesota […]
    • Retirement Reception for Joy Haarstick
      Friday, April 29 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Langseth Hall 102 The Chemistry department will be hosting a retirement reception for […]
    • Dr. Jeff Bodwin Open Forum Today
      Dr. Jeff Bodwin, a finalist for the Interim Dean of the College of Science, Health, and the Environment, will hold his […]
    • MSUM archaeologist retires after 40 years in the trenches
      INFORUM, By Tu-Uyen Tran MOORHEAD—When Mike Michlovic arrived at Minnesota State University Moorhead to start a field anthropology program, he […]
    • Scott Buchholz recognized for outstanding poster at national meeting
      At the 2105 national meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Cancer Theme was entitled “Cancer: […]
    • Molly Strong inducted into ΧΩΛ honor society
      At the 2015 national meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, junior Biochemistry and Biotechnology major Molly […]
    • Wallert and students present at national meeting
      Dr. Mark Wallert, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and six MSUM Biosciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry students, presented at the 2015 American […]
  • Careers & Outcomes
    MSUM Chemistry & Biochemistry graduates will build a firm theoretical foundation in chemistry, often continuing their education at graduate schools or professional schools.
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    Learning Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

    MSUM’s Chemistry & Biochemistry department offer a unique selection of learning opportunities outside of the classroom that will grow your skills, stretch your limits and fuel your passions.

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