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The major is a part of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, an academic unit within the College of Science and Mathematics.

This rigorous major allows the exceptional student to focus on a solid foundation in chemistry with a study of biological systems, emphasizing hands-on learning, and leading to a career in biochemistry, chemistry, medicine, and interfaces with other areas such as materials science and engineering. Students take foundational lecture and laboratory courses in all sub-disciplines of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical: as well as biology, calculus and physics. The department also offers a major in chemistry and minors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Materials Science.

Refer to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry website for more information on programs of study, courses, undergraduate research opportunities and careers.

Degrees Offered





Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Materials Science

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Biophysical Chemistry major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
Current students wishing to declare or change a major, minor or pre-professional program must complete a request through MyMadison. Additional department specific information will be available when that academic plan is selected.  Follow all directions and steps necessary to execute your request. Once all necessary steps are completed, the department will either approve or deny your request or contact you for additional information.

For additional assistance making this request, view the Change/Declare a Major/Minor tutorial in MyMadison or on the tutorials website.

Progressing in the Major

CHEM 131, General Chemistry, and CHEM 131L, are the prerequisites for other required chemistry courses.

A grade of at least "C-" must be achieved in CHEM 131 and 131L to progress in the major.

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