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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
    • MSUM new hires
      Please join us in welcoming the following employees to Minnesota State University Moorhead!  Make sure to say hello and let […]
    • MSUM student Kelsey Leach selected as Goldwater Scholar
    • It’s almost summer!
      Just kidding! But it's time to plan your Summer 2020 schedule now.
    • Student work acknowledged in international journal
      The work of MSUM Physics/Sustainability/Chemistry majors Sakurako Tani, Salim Thomas, Melissa Foley, Gabe Buehler, and Abel Eshete was acknowledged in […]
    • MSUM students participating in classroom-based undergraduate research project
      MSUM students are now participating in a unique Classroom-Based Undergraduate Research (CURE) project, which aims to tackle antibiotic resistance. “SEA-PHAGES […]
    • Leach presents at national symposium
      This summer, sophomore MSUM Biochemistry and Biotechnology major Kelsey Leach was invited to give an oral presentation at the national […]
    • Welcome to the #DragonFamily: Cheryl Brown
      Meet MSUM’s Lab Services Specialist, Cheryl Brown. Thanks to Cheryl, the chemistry materials are prepared every week for the whole […]
    • Dr. Shawn Garrett is retiring
      Wednesday, May 8 | 2-4 p.m. | Hagen Hall Library 104 Please join the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry as they celebrate her 28 years of service as […]
    • Noyce internships available
      Interested in sharing your enthusiasm for Science and Math? Noyce internships are available for Math and Science majors. Interns are […]
    • MSUM students win Mayo Clinic IMPACT competition
    • Judith Strong Summer Research Scholars Symposium
      Wednesday, Dec. 12 | 10-11 a.m. | Hagen 104 The 2018 Judith Strong Summer Research Scholars will be recognized at […]
    • Lahti, Lindaas attend, present at MnSTA Conference on Science Education
      Richard Lahti, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Steve Lindaas, Physics and Astronomy, attended and ran sessions at the MnSTA Conference on […]
    • Barkhymer publishes research in Journal of Fish Biology
      Alison Barkhymer (Cellular and Molecular Biology major) has published her research on zebrafish in the international peer-reviewed publication Journal of […]
    • 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 […]
  • Careers & Outcomes
    MSUM Chemistry & Biochemistry graduates will build a firm theoretical foundation in chemistry, often continuing their education at graduate schools or professional schools.
    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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