Chemistry and Biochemistry


Dr. Chaya Rapp

Chemistry, a central science, serves as the basis for understanding the natural and physical sciences. A college graduate with a major in chemistry or biochemistry is prepared for a wide choice of science-related careers.

The chemical and pharmaceutical industries provide opportunities for applied chemical research; medicine and the health science fields emphasize the biological aspect of advances in chemistry. Public service-minded individuals with a solid science education can find their niche in environmental protection agencies, consumer advocacy groups and various government offices.

In the field of education, there is a nationwide shortage of science teachers on both the elementary and high school levels.

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Mission Statement 

The mission of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is to provide our students with a solid foundation in the chemical and biochemical sciences and the skills required for scientific analysis and critical thinking. Upon completing the chemistry or biochemistry major the students will be prepared to attend graduate schools (Ph.D. programs) or professional schools (medical, dental, optometry and others). They will be also ready to study and work at various engineering and academic institutions.

Program Student Learning Goals

  1. Students will obtain a firm foundation in chemical and biochemical principles.
  2. Students will be able to interpret and evaluate scientific data.
  3. Students will be able to communicate scientific concepts and research findings orally and in writing.
  4. Students will be able to utilize quantitative skills to address scientific problems