“In simplest terms, chemistry is the science of matter. Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen, or felt is made of chemicals.” (acs.org, 22 Sep 2010)
Chemistry is the science of substances, their composition, structure, properties, and interactions. Chemistry helps explain the world and its workings and plays an important role in our lives. Chemists have contributed a great deal to technical advances of society and have made many important contributions to modern life. Everything is made from one or more chemical elements that occur in nature. Chemists use different kinds of chemical processes to make the elements found in nature more useful, and they create countless products that make our lives healthier, easier, and more enjoyable. There are as many specialties as there are areas of application of chemical principles.
What are the subdisciplines of Chemistry?
The art and science of determining what matter is and how much of it exists.
The study of the structure, composition, and chemical reactions of substances in living systems.
The study of properties and behavior of inorganic compounds, which include metals, minerals, and organometallic compounds.
The study of the structure, properties, and reactions of compounds and materials that contain carbon atoms.
The study of how matter behaves on a molecular and atomic level and how chemical reactions occur.
What degrees are offered in Chemistry and Biochemistry?
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCCS offers the following degree programs:
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: American Chemical Society Accredited
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry: General Option
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry: Pre-Health/Interdisciplinary Sciences Option
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry: Secondary Education Option
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry: General Option
Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry: PreMed Option
Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry: Secondary Education Option
Bachelor of Innovation in Chemistry
Minor in Chemistry
Minor in Biochemistry
Master of Sciences (MSc) in Chemistry or Biochemistry*
Accelerated BS/BA MSc in Chemistry*
*The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a limited number of $15,000 annual Graduate Teaching Assistantships available. Click on the Graduate tab above for more information.
(For further details, click on the Undergraduate or Graduate tabs above, or visit Academic Advising's Majors and Minors page and click on College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.)
How can I get help with my chemistry courses?
The Science Center
When you take lower-level courses in Chemistry, Physics, or Biology, the Science Center offers drop-in tutoring, scheduled problem-solving sessions, computers, and other resources to help you do well. They also help with many upper-level classes as well... ask them about specific courses.
The Science Center provides great services with an outstanding staff. It has computers, printers, and plenty of space to study and work with knowledgeable tutors. They offer an energized yet comfortable environment in which you can make friends and learn science!
Are research opportunities available?
In addition to the skills students gain in their laboratory courses, chemistry and biochemistry majors—B.S. majors in particular—should consider electing CHEM 4904 Research: Upper Division, or CHEM 4905 Internship at least once during their academic career. Research provides a different kind of experience than traditional laboratory courses. Students must do sufficient planning to carry out experiments, and regular communication with their research supervisor is a necessary component of the research experience.
Accomplished students will be invited to present posters and research talks. Some presentations may be at local meetings such as our Mountain Lion Research Day or the Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum (CSURF, a collaboration between UCCS, the Colorado College, and the U.S. Air Force Academy), and some may be at national American Chemical Society meetings. Students may also be recommended as participants in sponsored summer programs at other universities.
For more information on faculty members' areas of research, download this document.
What career opportunities are available to Chemistry and Biochemistry graduates?
Career Opportunities for Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduates:
Applied Research and Product Development
Chemical Information Management Specialist
Chemistry and the Law
Chemistry in the Arts
Hazardous Waste Management
Health and Safety
High School Chemistry Teacher
Military Science and Technology
Oil and Petroleum
Personal Care Chemistry
Technical Sales and Marketing
(Go to www.acs.org and click on Careers > College to Career > Chemistry Careers)
Do you have a graduate program?
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers programs leading to the degree of Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) in Chemistry or Biochemistry. The following focus areas are available:
Also, the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s degree program in Chemistry offers highly qualified UCCS chemistry and biochemistry majors the opportunity to pursue the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or Biochemistry and the Master of Sciences concurrently.
For students in the graduate program, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a limited number of $15,000 annual Graduate Teaching Assistantships available.
Click on the Graduate tab above for more information.
Is financial support available for graduate students?
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a limited number of $15,000 annual GTAs available. Application for these is a competitive process, and recipients are required to teach four labs over the course of the year (two each in the fall and spring semesters). Graduate students may also be eligible for additional tuition assistance through the Graduate School. Click on the Graduate tab above for more information.