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.

Detroit Mercy classes are taught by full-time professors, who are scholars in their field.

Interested in 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.

5-8% expected job growth through 2028
$76,890 median wage for chemist in 2018
Think pre-med or pre-dental. 1.9Million jobs in healthcare industry by 2028

Research Opportunities

Learn more about undergrad research, starting with our SEA-Phage and First-Year Research Experience in Science 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.

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 her 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 his 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 her 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 her story >

What do students say?

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

Detroit Mercy holds its students to an extremely high standard. My career will be shaped by my time at Detroit Mercy, as I have become very detail oriented, organized and hard working ... I have grown academically, personally, socially and spiritually. 

Claire Sheppard '21
Biology Major

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

What do Alumni say?

danielle headshotMy chemistry undergraduate education at Detroit Mercy taught me the skills that I need to thrive in chemistry graduate school, but more importantly, my undergraduate education taught me to be a compassionate and benevolent human being, something that my field so desperately needs.

Danielle Maxwell '19
Chemistry Ph.D. student at University of Michigan