Chemistry is the science of substances that comprise the world about us and is concerned with their structure, their properties and the reactions that change them into other substances. Biochemistry explores the chemical foundations of living systems, including the structured, properties, and reactions of biological macromolecules. Chemists and biochemists practice their profession in many ways-in educational institutions, government laboratories, private research institutions and foundations and in many commercial areas, including the petroleum, chemical, drug, health, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food industries.
About the Department
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a strong undergraduate program together with a strong graduate education and research program. We have excellent research facilities and modern instrumentation necessary to train the scientists of tomorrow. This department is able to provide an excellent program of undergraduate research to complement regular course work. Student participation in research is highly encouraged as a key part of the education of chemistry and biochemistry majors.
About the Programs
The undergraduate programs in chemistry and biochemistry prepare students for graduate studies and professional work in the chemical and biochemical sciences, as well as in interdisciplinary areas that rely heavily on chemistry. Bachelor of science degrees are offered with a major in chemistry or a major in biochemistry. Additional details on the undergraduate programs can be found through the College of Science and in the Undergraduate Bulletin of Information.
Chemistry and biochemistry majors have many career options. Medical school, graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry, work as a bench chemist (eg in pharmaceutical industry), teaching at levels from high school to university, positions at government agencies such as the FBI, and law school are just some of the possible career paths. Our undergraduates are recruited for a variety of positions in many companies. Students interested in careers in chemistry can check out the Chemistry & Biochemistry Job Board, or the career site run by the American Chemical Society.
Undergraduate research is strongly encouraged; many students begin as sophomores or even freshmen. You can get credit and there are many paid summer research opportunities both at ND and elsewhere.
The most common option for Chemistry and Biochemistry majors is Dublin in the Junior year, but students have gone to Spain, Egypt, London, Australia, and other locations.