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Why JMU Chemistry?


  • We are a nationally recognized community of undergraduate students and faculty who enjoy science and are committed to excelling in the classroom, in the laboratory and in life.
  • We are small enough offer close relationships with faculty, a key feature of JMU, and large enough to offer a modern curriculum and a wide variety of research opportunities.
  • In addition to faculty-taught foundational courses and laboratories, our faculty members teach advanced courses in biochemistry, environmental chemistry, materials science, nuclear chemistry, and polymers, just to name a few.
  • You will have undergraduate research opportunities, working one-on-one with a faculty mentor using state-of-the-art instrumentation.  Our student researchers present talks at national meetings and are co-authors on peer-reviewed publications.
  • Our graduates pursue:
  • M.S. and Ph.D.s in chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, engineering, biophysics, and environmental studies at top graduate programs across the nation (Cornell, UNC-Chapel Hill, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, UC Santa Barbara, UT Austin, U Virginia, Virginia Tech).
  • Advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, law and business schools.
  • Careers in industry and government across the nation.

  • Programs of Study

    There are several different undergraduate major programs within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to suit different career and professional goals. We offer certified bachelor of science (B.S.) degrees from the American Chemical Society (ACS) in four areas:

    • ACS-Certified Chemistry
    • ACS-Certified Biochemistry
    • ACS-Certified Chemical Education (B.S. in chemistry / M.A. in education)
    • ACS-Certified Materials Chemistry
    In addition, we offer a B.S. in Biophysical Chemistry, a General Chemistry Concentration, and Chemistry/Business.

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