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

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers four undergraduate degrees, including a Chemistry B.S. degree accredited by the American Chemical Society. 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 
  • B.S. in Biochemistry
  • B.S. in Environmental Chemistry
  • B.A. in Biochemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry/M.S. in Chemistry (Dual Degree Program)

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.

About the Undergraduate Program

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 and, indeed, students should approach faculty members to investigate beginning research as early as their freshman year. 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.

ISeminarsn 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.

Seminars and Symposia

The department maintains an active seminar program, with one invited speaker each week, chosen from among the world leaders in our science. The program includes at least one speaker each year chosen by our students.

American Chemical Society Student Members

ACS studentsOur Student Member ACS chapter is a social and service organization open to all science majors who strive to attain academic and professional success at Duquesne. Our mission is to create professional and networking opportunities that engage our undergraduate students, to serve as the centralized core of learning and activities in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and to make chemistry more accessible to the students and public. For the 2016-2017 year, the organization is operated by an executive board made up of 13 undergraduates. Membership has grown from 12 students in 2008 to over 120 as of 2016! Our student chapter has received national recognition from the national ACS office since 1998 and the highest "Outstanding" award since 2012. The student ACS chapter at Duquesne organizes various activities on campus such as "whack-a-professor" on Mole day, pizza parties, charity fundraisers, and hosting the Spring ACS local Symposium. The organization also holds an extensive and expanding presence off campus. Our organization fosters an environment where members can develop and enrich their leadership and communication skills while serving the surrounding community.