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The undergraduate programs in chemistry and biochemistry offer students the opportunity to study in a program tailored to meet their career objectives in a department that is large enough to provide excellent training and research facilities and small enough to encourage a close working relationship with professors. The experienced, dynamic faculty of the department presents outstanding credentials, with advanced degrees and post-doctoral training from some of the most prestigious schools in the country. They are devoted to both teaching and research. Their scientific and scholarly achievements attract close to $5 million in funding per year, resulting in many opportunities for students to participate in undergraduate research in faculty labs and to gain exposure to cutting-edge science in their classrooms.

The department offers three major programs: the B.S. in Chemistry, a rigorous program certified by the American Chemical Society; a B.A. in Chemistry, which provides the option of an increased number of electives so the student may combine a solid background in chemistry with other areas of interest, such as law, education, business management, etc.; and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (jointly with the Department of Biological Sciences). A combined chemistry B.S./M.S. and minor in chemistry are also available to qualified students. In conjunction with the education department, a program leading to secondary school certification may be pursued.

The programs of the chemistry and biochemistry department periodically are reviewed by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the organization that sets the standards for chemical education, and UMBC chemistry students consistently place at, or above, the norm in their standardized examinations. In a recent report, the ACS ranked UMBC 23rd in the nation as far as the number of chemistry/biochemistry graduates it produced.

Main Office: Chemistry Building, Room 100
Phone: 410-455-2491
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Department Head: Dr. William LaCourse
Sample Resumés: Chemistry