CMU's chemistry and biochemistry programs give you the interdisciplinary training needed to compete in today's job market. You can choose to major in chemistry or biochemistry – challenging and rewarding programs that integrate classroom learning with hands-on laboratory experience.
The American Chemical Society certifies our chemistry major curriculum. The chemistry major prepares you for a wide variety of careers or for graduate programs that lead to more advanced careers in areas such as:
- Industrial chemistry
- Elementary or secondary education
- Chemistry graduate studies in the fields of pharmacology, polymer science, materials science, chemical engineering, molecular biology, and business
- Biochemistry graduate studies in the fields of medicine or life sciences
To develop the background and skills necessary to succeed in these or other chemistry-related careers, choose your academic major or minor from these CMU programs:
You may also want to consider studying an interdisciplinary or pre-professional program such as:
Do science and math get you fired up? If someone says “Bunsen,” do respond with “burner?” If you do, and you’re fascinated by the idea of creating and characterizing new compounds or researching new drugs to cure disease, look no further. At CMU, you’ll get your goggles on and nurture your inner chemist with opportunities for hands-on, undergraduate research. Our chemistry programs are certified by the American Chemical Society.
Biochemistry involves the study of the chemistry of living systems, in pharmaceutical, diagnostic, agricultural, environmental, and other products which are manufactured or utilized by biological molecules (i.e., DNA, proteins). The biochemistry major trains professionals who are able to excel in biotechnology, health professions, pharmaceutical industries, and forensics, as well as in the traditional roles of chemistry and biology.
Note: A minor in Chemistry is not allowed with a Biochemistry major.
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You’ll develop expertise in English, math, social studies or science in preparation for a teaching career at the secondary education level (grades six through 12). From the language arts through critical STEM disciplines, you pick your subject passion from among several majors and minors in CMU’s secondary teacher certification program. Your teaching style will develop through classroom observations and through the practical experiences of a student teaching placement. A variety of community involvement activities, including student organizations, service learning work and study abroad opportunities, will broaden your teaching perspective.
The Chemistry-Physics Major is an interdepartmental major offered by the Departments of Chemistry and Physics, and is designed to prepare prospective high school teachers of chemistry and physics.
Completion of this degree will qualify you for recommendation to the Michigan State Board of Education for a Secondary Provisional Certificate, which will permit you to teach the major and minor in the secondary grades.
Master's degree programs in chemistry emphasize either research and application or college teaching with a variety of specializations available.