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Chemistry is a diverse field that involves the study of the properties, composition and structure of substances.

At JMU, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is large enough to offer modern laboratories and advanced instrumentation, and small enough for students to gain hands-on experience with this research-grade equipment and to pursue individualized programs of study. Our faculty members specialize in all major areas of chemistry, including organic/inorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry, computational chemistry, and a variety of other subdisciplines.

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Chemistry, materials science and chemical education programs certified by the American Chemical Society.

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

The Chemistry major focuses on the study of the composition and behavior of matter, emphasizing hands-on learning. Students take foundational lecture and laboratory courses in all sub-disciplines of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical. There are opportunities to take advanced courses in these areas, as well as courses in cross disciplinary areas such as environmental, materials, nuclear and polymers.

The undergraduate experience is further enhanced by participation in undergraduate research with a faculty member, using modern laboratories and state-of-the-art instrumentation. Conducting research and presenting results builds technical, critical thinking and communication skills that are highly valued by graduate and professional schools, as well as industry and government employers.

Chemistry
  • Degrees Offered: 
    • B.A. in Chemistry
    • B.S. in Chemistry
  • Majors:
    • Chemistry
    • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Concentrations:
    • American Chemical Society Certified Programs in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Education (leading to teacher licensure)
    • Materials Chemistry
    • Chemistry/Business
  • Minors:
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Materials Science

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