Career Opportunities

  • Health Sciences
  • Pre-Law
  • Research
  • Pharmaceutical Development
  • Biotechnician
  • Molecular Biologist


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Program Overview

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMSL makes research and teaching excellence its top priorities alongside a highly supportive environment for its students.  Chemistry students are actively involved in research, helping to develop their scientific skills and making them more attractive to employers or graduate and professional schools. Students involved in research gain experience with a range of state-of-the-art analytical facilities and play prominent roles in faculty members’ research groups.

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry is intended primarily for pre-professional students in the health sciences and related areas, as well as prelaw students interested in patent law. The BA in Chemistry degree requires a minimum of 33 hours of chemistry courses. Chemistry majors must present a seminar and pass a comprehensive examination during the senior year. At least 12 credits at the 3000 level or higher must be completed at UMSL.

Core Course Requirements
CHEM 1111 Introductory Chemistry I 5
CHEM 1121 Introductory Chemistry II 5
CHEM 2223 Quantitative Analysis 3
CHEM 2612 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 2622 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 2633 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 3022 Introduction To Chemical Literature 1
CHEM 3312 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 3322 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 3333 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHEM 3412 Basic Inorganic Chemistry 2
CHEM 4897 Seminar 1

In addition, candidates must complete one laboratory course chosen from Chemistry 4343, 4233, 4433, 3643, or 4733.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is intended either as a terminal degree by students intending to become professional chemists or for preparation for graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry. The BS in Chemistry degree requires the minimum 33 hours of courses needed for the bachelor of arts, as well as 16 additional course hours:

CHEM 3643 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 4212 Instrumental Analysis 2
CHEM 4233 Laboratory In Instrumental Analysis 2
CHEM 4343 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 2
CHEM 4412 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 4433 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 4712 Biochemistry 3

Students must also take two elective hours of advanced work in chemistry at the 3000 level or above.

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What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer

The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

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