Chemistry & Biochemistry Learning Opportunities

  • The MSUM Chemistry & Biochemistry department students have outstanding research opportunities—including immersive faculty-mentored research projects; access to well-equipped state-of-the-art laboratories, extensive scientific instrumentation, computer facilities and a rich chemistry library; and forums to present their results at regional and/or national professional conferences. Graduates are poised to excel in graduate school and in fascinating career areas such as medical discoveries in the health technologies, computer technology, clothing and textiles, foods and nutrition research, industrial research and materials sciences.

  • Interested in living and learning with students pursuing degrees similar to yours? The Biosciences & Chemistry Learning Community gives you opportunities to connect with faculty, engage in study groups and discover research options. This Learning Community is open to those majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or biotechnology.

    The Chemistry and Biochemistry Club (CBC) promotes chemistry to the university and surrounding community by participating in outreach activities to teach chemistry principles and generate an interest in science among students, teachers and the community. The Chemistry Department’s close, collegial atmosphere extends to the CBC, which fosters friendships, develops leadership skills, promotes volunteerism and encourages professional development.

    MSU Moorhead’s Robert Noyce Grant Project gives current students majoring in science or mathematics, or community members who’ve received a STEM degree, the opportunity to earn a teaching license free of cost.

    Below are some of the innovative tools and techniques used by students.

    • 400-MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer is the single most powerful instrument used for identifying the structure of molecular compounds. Key uses: chemical research, biochemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, polymer science, petroleum research, agricultural chemistry and medicine.
    • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) separates all of the components in a sample and identifies the component of a mixture through a representative spectral output. Key uses: drug detection, environmental analysis and fire and explosives investigation.
    • FT-IR Spectrometer is one of the most common spectroscopic techniques used by organic and inorganic chemists. Key uses: unequivocally identifies certain types of chemical bonds in a compound.
    • UV-VIS Spectrometer is a highly flexible instrument used in nearly every laboratory. Key uses: content analysis of multicomponent samples.
    • FPLC/HPLC Automated Chromatography is used to separate or purify proteins and other polymers from complex mixtures. Key uses: biochemistry and analytical chemistry to identify, quantify and purify the individual components of a mixture.

    The National Science Foundation REU funded fellowships support active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. 

    MSUM’s annual Andrew Conteh Student Academic Conference showcases student research on a variety of topics and encourages student growth and development. It’s a component in the important work of transforming students’ lives.

    The hallmark of an MSUM Biochemistry and Biotechnology degree is the opportunity you have to conduct research with gifted professors who are committed to your academic success. You’ll use research-grade equipment to learn from and work alongside faculty mentors. Many students conduct research for multiple semesters and with multiple professors.