Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Help resolve the scientific questions that challenge our global community

Organizations throughout our global communities depend on the expertise of scientists, chemists and doctors to resolve challenging scientific questions to help make life better for everyone. Detroit Mercy’s Chemistry & Biochemistry programs will prepare you for advanced study in graduate, medical, dental or law schools and/or for employment in chemical and related industries, government or private research laboratories.

You will receive an exceptional, Jesuit and Mercy-based education to become professional chemists and learn how to plan and reason through problem situations and develop responses that are scientifically correct and socially acceptable.

Hands-on, authentic research, your first-year! 

Looking to make an impact your first year of college? Detroit Mercy’s Chemistry and Biochemistry programs give you that chance. Many of our students participate in faculty sponsored research projects and present findings at regional and national professional meetings. You may choose to participate in an authentic research project in your first-year. Learn more about our SEA-Phage and Research in Chemistry Experience programs.

Or you may be interested in pursuing a biomedical research career.
Detroit Mercy is proud to be part of ReBUILDetroit, the first program of its kind, which offers intensive training for students interested in pursuing academic, research or industry careers in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences.  Scholars receive extensive mentoring opportunities from faculty and peers.  Learn more about ReBUILDetroit.

Detroit Mercy's biochemistry faculty and staff help you exceed the expectations you have for yourself and your career. This program catapulted me forward in my learning potential. I am where I am today because they taught me how to learn, to self-evaluate my abilities and potential, to always push the envelope and never lose sight of myself.

—Graham Greenland '10 '15

Undergraduate Programs - Find your degree

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    Bachelor Degree Options

    Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

    The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for students who wish to combine a degree in chemistry with another profession, such as secondary education, patent law, or scientific writing. This degree also prepares students to work in technical support positions.

    Bachelor of Science

    The Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry prepares students to function as professional chemists or for advanced studies at the graduate level. The Bachelor of Science degree is certified by the American Chemical Society.

    Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

    The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry is designed to provide the student with the background in chemistry, biology and biochemistry needed to enter professional schools such as medicine or dentistry; to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or biochemistry or a number of interdisciplinary areas such as pharmacology or bio-engineering; to teach chemistry at the secondary level; or to work as a biologically-oriented professional chemist.


    Accelerated Bachelors/Masters Programs

    Advantages of an accelerated 5-year program:

    • Some courses during your senior year count towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements.
    • Ability to take some graduate courses at the undergraduate tuition rate.
    • Some of your undergraduate financial aid is extended through your year of graduate study.

    If you meet admission criteria and maintain the required GPA, you may have your bachelor's and master's degrees within five years.

    5-year Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry / Master in Environmental Engineering

    5-year Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Master in Environmental Engineering

    5-year Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry - Master in Environmental Engineering

    7-year Dental Program (Bachelor of Science / DDS)

    Detroit Mercy offers a special academic program which enables highly qualified applicants to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in addition to the baccalaureate degree in seven calendar years, rather than in the traditional eight years.

100% accelerated pa accepted to Detroit Mercy's PA grad program
$78K+ median pay for Chemists in 2019
1.9 million jobs expected in Pharmacy 2019 through 2029
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Student Opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved.  Our Chemistry Club is very active in community service and educating middle and high school students.

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Chem/Bio Chem infographic: Success, Our students are Doctors at U of M, MSU, WSU, OU, CMU, Wright State and more. They are Dentists at Detroit Mercy, Case Western, Penn, and U of M. They are MS/PhDs at U of M, MSU, Cornell, Berkeley, U Washington, Vanderbilt, and Columbia. They are out in the industry, including NIH, Medtest, Gilead, Ford, Karmanos, Dow, BASF, and more. Physical science majors, including chemistry, and humanities majors are the most likely groups to be accepted into medical school.  This Data from AAMC for medical school admissions 2020-2021. This department values community: The Chemistry Club is one of the most active clubs on campus! Join to make friends, for professional development, or just to have fun setting things on fire! Follow on Instagram at chemclubudm or on Twitter at UDMChemClub.
Chem/Bio Chem infographic, Promising our degree will prepare you to think critically and develop marketable problem-solving skills. We offer research-based laboratories across all 4 years! This department also values choice: Tailor your degree to your interests! We have three degrees to choose from, with a range of class flexibility, including a BS Biochemistry, BS Chemistry, and BA Chemistry.
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