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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry


The McMurry University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry guides students studying the central science of chemistry and disciplinary field of biochemistry to become well equipped for their future careers.

About the Major

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry fosters the development and understanding of the concepts, fundamental principles and strategies that are central to chemical, physical, and biological sciences.Two degrees and three majors are offered: a B.S. in Chemistry or in Biochemistry (no minor required), and a B.A. in Chemistry (requires a minor). If a minor in Curriculum and Instruction is combined with the B.A. in Chemistry, the student is prepared to take the certification test in the chemistry teaching field for Grades 8 – 12 . Besides the three majors, minors are offered in Chemistry and in Biochemistry.

Departmental Honors and Awards

We have an active student affiliates chapter of the American Chemical Society (known locally as the Chemistry Club), through which students are involved in tutoring, chemistry shows, student preview days, field trips, and invited guest speakers.

More information about the Honors program can be found on the Honors Program webpage .

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Department has an active research program, thanks to a grant from the Welch Foundation. Part of the grant is used to provide a summer stipend for typically 3 – 5 students involved in research with a faculty member. Work-study opportunities are also available in the department. In these positions, students are employed as teaching assistant/or preparing materials for labs each week

In the Classroom

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is led by a group of dedicated, experienced faculty members. These faculty members are experts in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Analytical
  • Environmental
  • Inorganic
  • Organic
  • Physical

All chose to be at McMurry because they enjoy the opportunity of assisting students in their discovery of chemistry in the classroom and laboratory.

Beyond McMurry

Students who major in the central science of chemistry or the interdisciplinary field of biochemistry are well equipped for many different careers.  In addition to foundational knowledge, chemistry and biochemistry majors learn communication and problem-solving skills that can be applied to whatever career path a student chooses. Recent graduates have been accepted to:

  • Pharmacy school
  • Optometry school
  • Dental school
  • Graduate school in chemistry

They have worked in cancer research or begun teaching at the high school and community college level.  Others are working in the oil industry, the semi-conductor industry, and the nuclear industry. Teaching assistants (TAs) in the labs, supplemental instruction (SI) leaders, graders, and/or preparing materials for labs each week.

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