Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are dedicated to providing each of our students with a high-quality educational experience that integrates the knowledge and understanding of chemistry with hands-on training and use of modern instrumentation.

Our programs include these experiences at every level. Coupled with one-on-one interactions between faculty and students, the result is a transformative educational experience that results in graduates that are highly qualified for work in industry, as High School teachers, or for continuing studies in graduate school or health-related post-graduate schools.

We offer excellent undergraduate and graduate degree programs delivered by dedicated faculty in modern classrooms and laboratories. Undergraduate emphasis areas include ACS-certified degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Additional emphasis areas include Pre-health (e.g., pre-med, pre-dent, pre-vet), Forensic Science, and Industrial Chemistry.

The Department is also home to graduate programs in Chemistry and Chemical Education. This includes the M.S. in Chemistry, the M.S. in Chemical Education and a Ph.D. in Chemical Education. Faculty members are active in research in all major subdisciplines of chemistry.

We invite you to look around and see what we have to offer!


  • New Faculty. The Department welcomes two new faculty members who will be part of the Department starting in August 2015. Dr. Kui Chen (email: Kui Chen) joins us as a Lecturer teaching coursework in General Chemistry and Science Education. Dr. Murielle Watzky-Brewer (email: Murielle Watzky) joins us as an Assistant Professor teaching coursework in Inorganic Chemistry. We're excited to have them on board and look forward to working with them next year!
  • BCCE 2016 is planned for next year at the University of Northern Colorado! The General Chair for the meeting is Richard Schwenz. More information about the upcoming meeting can be found here: BCCE 2016
  • The Department is proud to announce a new program in Brewing Laboratory Science headed by Michael Mosher, PhD, Dipl Brew. That program is designed to teach students the skills needed to work in the brewing industry as QA/QC specialists. More information about this program and ways you can get involved can be found here: BREWING LAB SCI