Overview of Department
The Chemistry Department offers two tracks for a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. The first, certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society, is designed especially for those students who desire professional employment as a chemist or who wish to pursue graduate education in chemistry. The second track is a Medicinal Chemistry concentration, designed for students wishing to pursue postgraduate education in medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, dentistry, or other medically related professions.

The BA degree offered by the Department of Chemistry is designed for those students who desire a more general education than that provided by the BS degree but nonetheless are seeking a chemistry emphasis area. This degree also may be appropriate for students in pre-professional programs (pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, and pre-law).

Prospective Students
Welcome! We are glad you are considering Missouri's Department of Chemistry for undergraduate work.

Chemistry at MU is an exciting and dynamic field with exceptional career opportunities. Share the thrill of discovery with our faculty as together we explore the realm of chemistry. Through our degree program, you can prepare for graduate study, professional school or direct entry into the workplace.

Most chemistry majors continue their education in the best graduate schools or professional schools in the country. Many of our graduates are now physicians or have teaching and research careers at universities and colleges. Other graduates are managers in industry and specialists in their fields.


March 2021 - Congratulations to alum Alexander Harmata who was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

January 2021 - Congratulations to Andrew Mitchell on receiving the Charles D. Coryell Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology. The award honors undergraduate students who have completed research projects in nuclear or nuclear-related areas.

December 2020 - Watch Michelle Peters, B.S. Chem/B.A. Music (Voice), sing Mizzou's Alma Mater. Amazing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUln8cNluIc&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3uf...

December 2020 - Congratulations to Brianna Carman, Dylan Fowler, and Aubrielle Maginness who earned a Student Training for Advancing Research (S.T.A.R.)! Each student attended at least five workshops through the Office of Undergraduate Research or completed compliance training. Undergraduate research is important so we recognize your dedication to making our program stronger.

April 2020 - O. Jonathan Fajen was named a 2020 Goldwater Scholar. Jonathan is an undergraduate chemistry major who works with Dr. Walensky and Dr. Brorsen. https://news.missouri.edu/2020/mizzou-students-selected-for-prestigious-stem-award/