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B.S./B.A. Programs in Chemistry or Biochemistry

Degree Programs

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers five undergraduate degrees, including a Chemistry B.S. degree accredited by the American Chemical Society.Undergrad Degree Programs Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the major, complete at least the last 30 credit hours of courses at Duquesne, pre-register (with the Academic Advisor) for a B.S./B.A. degree in a major field, and submit an application for degree form provided by the Registrar before the deadline published in the current University calendar. (No student is considered a degree candidate prior to submission of this form.) In addition, specific degree programs are summarized below. 

  • B.S. in Chemistry. Students are required to complete at least 125 credit hours of courses successfully. Two of a student’s four Chemistry/Math electives must be Chemistry courses. To earn a B.S. Chemistry degree accredited by the American Chemical Society, the remaining two electives must be Mathematics classes.
  • B.S. in Biochemistry. Students are required to complete at least 128 credit hours of courses successfully.
  • B.S. in Environmental Chemistry. Students are required to complete at least 128 credit hours of courses successfully.
  • B.A. in Biochemistry. Students are required to complete at least 122 credit hours of courses successfully.

Courses required for graduation may be found here, and suggested sequences of science and mathematics courses required for each degree may be found here.

Curricula leading to each of our B.S. and B.A. degrees were designed to conform to recommendations of the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training.

Undergraduate Research

Our program is built on the premise that students learn science best by enjoying the successes and failures of research, so we encourage students to begin research as soon as possible.Undergraduate Research Students interested in beginning research should browse faculty research interests on the web and make an appointment with individual faculty members to discuss their research. Research opportunities are available for academic credit or on a volunteer basis. Occasionally, funding may be available through an individual faculty member’s grant.

In addition to academic year research, our summer Undergraduate Research Program is currently funded by the NSF/REU (2004-2015), NIH/SRE (2012-2016), and the NSF/S-STEM (2013-2017) programs, as well as the scholarship programs described above, the Department, the Bayer School, and individual research grants. Each summer, approximately 40-45 students participate in summer research in our department.

Individual AttentionIndividual Attention and Mentoring

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a dynamic, motivated faculty who take pride in the success of their students. We believe that each student should receive individual attention during his/her entire undergraduate career. Each student plans a course of study in his or her first year in close cooperation with a faculty mentor and the student's progress is closely coordinated with his or her developing interests.

American Chemical Society Student Members

Our ACS student members’ chapter is a social and service organization run by student ACS members, but open to all science majors. ACS Student MembersMembership has grown from 12 students (in 2008) to almost 90 students in 2014! Our student chapter of the ACS has received national awards each year since 1988, culminating in the highest, “Outstanding”, award from the ACS national office in 2012 and 2013. In 2012-2013, the chapter hosted 33 activities(!), including events as diverse as (1) a pi day event, on 3/14, to pie their favorite professors, (2) pizza parties, (3) a blood drive, (4) fundraising for charity, (5) organizing the 27th Annual ACS Student Members Symposium, (6) hosting speakers on resume writing and job opportunities in industry, and (7) fundraising for travel to scientific meetings.