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Chemistry & Biochemistry

In the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, you’ll choose an academic track that supports your career goals. The American Chemical Society-accredited curriculum focuses on providing a solid foundation in chemistry, with the flexibility for students to explore their individual interests

The MC Experience

Mississippi College prides itself on a century-long tradition of providing foundational education in chemistry. Today, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry continues to offer a remarkable education to our talented undergraduates. Our program is fully accredited by the American Chemical Society; in fact, MC was the first university in Mississippi to receive ACS certification of its Biochemistry degree and continues to lead the state in the number of ACS-certified chemistry and biochemistry majors. High-tech lab facilities, an active research program, and a supportive, professional faculty create an environment that pushes students to develop to their full potential. The results speak for themselves. MC Chemistry alumni currently serve on the faculty or administration of 26 colleges and universities in the US and hold high-level positions with dozens of international corporations and research organizations.

Opportunities at MC

American Chemical Society

Take part in our student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society, one of the largest and active in the nation. In fact, our student chemists have received a Chapter Award from the American Chemical Society for several years running.

Beta Beta Beta

Join Beta Beta Beta, the national honor society for students who are interested in the biological sciences.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – Medical Sciences

Ideal preparation for students who plan to enter professional school in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or the allied health professions, this track provides a rigorous scientific background that will well prepare you for entry into the medical field.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – Career

A strong foundation for pursuing employment immediately after graduation, this curriculum prepares students for entry-level science and technology careers.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – Secondary Education

Professional education courses supplement science courses for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education, leading to certification in Chemistry for Grades 7-12.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – ACS Chemistry

With a rigorous curriculum approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society, this track provides intensive preparation for the student who desires to pursue graduate work in chemistry, enter the field of industrial chemistry, or study chemical engineering. In addition to the core chemistry classes, students will fulfill additional advanced coursework specified by the American Chemical Society

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

This intensive program, approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society, prepares students for graduate work in biochemistry and molecular biology, or careers in medicine. In addition to the core chemistry classes, students will fulfill additional advanced coursework specified by the American Chemical Society.

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics

Ideal preparation for a student who plans to pursue graduate work in Physical Chemistry or Chemical Physics.

Chemistry & Biochemistry

As a chemistry major, you’ll take foundational courses in topics such as:

  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical dynamics
  • Quantitative chemical analysis
  • Introductory computer science
  • Introductory physics
  • Calculus

MC Chemistry students benefit from high-tech lab equipment and state-of-the-art facilities, like the NMR laboratory. Designed to be an extremely low-noise facility, it’s located on the ground floor, 10 feet below exterior grade, isolating the space from environmental and traffic vibrations to ensure accurate readings from the spectrometers installed there.

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Career opportunities for chemistry and biochemistry graduates include:

  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemical technology
  • Environmental protection 
  • Forensics 
  • Teaching 
  • Toxicology

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