An ACS-Approved Program Featuring Capstone Mentored Research

CMU's Chemistry (B.S., B.A.) curriculum is fully approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), whose curricular guidelines are the highest standard for bachelor's degree programs in chemistry. CMU's hands-on, research-focused program provides a thorough foundation in chemistry knowledge, laboratory and problem-solving skills, information literacy, communication, safety, and ethics.

CMU is the only public university in Michigan to have a required thesis-based research capstone for all chemistry majors. Every student works one-on-one with a faculty member to design and execute a research project, then communicate their findings through a written thesis and a poster presentation. Many students publish in peer-reviewed journals and travel to present their work at regional or national scientific meetings. See our undergraduate capstone research page for more information.

Together, the Chemistry (B.S., B.A.) degree's ACS-approved curriculum and distinctive capstone research experience provide all of our majors with a rigorous preparation for employment in chemical and related industries, or continued education in graduate and professional schools.

Chemistry Major (B.S. in Chemistry)

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers 4 chemistry concentrations

  • Materials Concentration: focuses on the development, characterization, and applications of chemical materials, including but not limited to polymers, carbohydrates, dendrimers, and nanomaterials
  • Environmental Concentration: focuses on the study of the impact of chemical science on environment
  • Chemical Technology Concentration: focuses on developing students' technological skills to work in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, and related industries
  • General Chemistry Concentration: offers maximum flexibility that allows students deciding their academic and career interest upon graduation

What's Next?

If you are a prospective student, please contact us for more information about our Department and this program and apply to CMU. If you are interested in other undergraduate programs offered by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, click here.

If you are a current CMU student considering majoring in chemistry or biochemistry, please set up a meeting with an academic advisor to plan your coursework, learn more about undergraduate research, and sign your major.