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Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Degree Programs

Undergraduate Degree Options

Graduate Degree Programs


Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science (American Chemical Society Certified) 
The courses required for the B.S. degree provide a solid education in chemistry for the professional chemist and in preparation for graduate work in most areas of chemistry.  These requirements meet the latest certification standards of the American Chemical Society. If you choose to pursue a B.S. in chemistry, you may also select specialized options in Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, and Pharmacology.

Bachelor of Arts 
The courses required for the B.A. degree provide a less extensive training in chemistry than do the courses required for the ACS certified B.S. degree.  This allows the student to supplement his or her program with courses that meet his or her specific needs.  Thus this degree provides the core of traditional preparation in chemistry together with latitude for combination in an interdisciplinary field or in the Teacher Preparation program.  It is strongly advised that students using this degree obtain faculty advice in planning their program.

Minor in Chemistry
Students may choose to supplement their chosen degrees with a minor in chemistry.

In addition to degrees in chemistry, undergraduate B.A. and B.S. degrees in Biochemistry are offered through the Biochemistry Program, a joint program between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Division of Biological Sciences.


Graduate Programs

Doctor of Philosophy
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and analytical/environmental chemistry.
The Ph.D, a research degree, is the highest offered by American universities. It is never awarded simply upon the completion of a prescribed course of study but only when a student has demonstrated mastery of the fundamentals of chemistry, and the ability to make original contributions to his/her field.
The precise requirements for the Ph.D. degree at the University of Montana are tailored to the student's particular background, needs and interest by an advisory committee. Interdisciplinary programs are encouraged.

Master of Science
The Master of Science degree is also offered in inorganic, organic, physical chemistry and analytical/environmental chemistry. The course program consists of a broad core program plus electives approved by an advisory committee. Thesis and non-thesis options are available, although the thesis option is usually preferred.

Master of Science for Teachers
The Master of Science for Teachers degree is designed to be a flexible opportunity for certified teachers of chemistry to improve command of their subject matter. Work in related areas, including education, is possible under some options. Students design their own course of study in collaboration with a faculty advisor. Students attending summer session may work for credit in a faculty research program. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. Two semesters and a summer are usually required for completion of the degree.

Master of Arts
The Master of Arts degree is designed for students who have interests in applying advanced knowledge in chemistry to careers in education, marketing, business, laboratory management, scientific journalism, or public policy. 

University of Montana

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Professor Chris Palmer, Chair

Phone: 406.243.4022 | Fax: 406.243.4227

32 Campus Drive | Missoula, MT 59812

chemistry@umontana.edu