Science at Detroit Mercy

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Do you want to be a research scientist, biochemist, biology or chemistry technician, dentist, physician or physician assistant?

With a Detroit Mercy science degree, you’ll be prepared for a variety of exciting career options or for graduate, medical or dental school. All our science students gain valuable real-world experience in our labs and many of our students have the opportunity to be involved in a hands-on, authentic research project in their first year.

Explore your area of interest


Learn more about undergrad research, starting with our SEA-Phage and Research in Chemistry Experience programs.

Are you interested in pursuing a biomedical research career? Check out the ReBUILDetroit program which is funded by a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It offers intensive training for students interested in pursuing academic, research or industry careers in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences.

Attending graduate or professional school

Detroit Mercy professors understand what it takes for you to succeed in graduate and professional school, and it shows with our high admission rates to these schools.

Our small-class sizes give our graduates the competitive advantage of developing personal relationships with their professors. So when it comes time to for recommendations to enter graduate or professional schools, your professor will know you and your work.

Our graduates have gone on to these schools

Grad school logos for Cornell, Columbia, Berkeley Penn, Michigan, Notre Dame, Duke and Detroit Mercy

What do students say?

Biochemistry major Tiffany Tieu Ngo says why she loves Detroit Mercy.

Cameron Johns, a Chemistry student, says Detroit Mercy has helped him:

Science Alumni Career and Life Paths

Tavala by a graffiti wall

Tavala Luciow ’19 originally planned to attend medical school after graduation, but now she hopes to pursue a career in academia. Luciow was inspired to alter her career path by the relationships she built with Detroit Mercy administrators.  Read Tavala's story >

Boynton with a blurred lab behind him

Nicholas Boynton '19 started doing research at Detroit Mercy as a freshman because he thought it sounded interesting. The research led to two internships at NASA, and these experiences led Boynton to change his career path. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, he began working on his Ph.D. at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. Read Nicholas' story >

Payne in from of Engineering and Science building

Mary Margaret Payne '19 was uncomfortable the first few times she worked with the poor and homeless. She knew she wanted to help, but she also knew she had to leave her comfort zone to be effective. Now, Payne, 2019 University of Detroit Mercy Valedictorian, is a different person.  Read Mary's story >

Maxwell with petri dish in science lab

Danielle Maxwell '19 is thankful for the relationships she built with her professors while at Detroit Mercy. In fact, she was so inspired by her professors it’s motivated her to pursue a career as a chemistry professor. She is working on her Ph.D. in Chemistry with a concentration in Chemical Education at the University of Michigan. Read Danielle's story >