With approximately 80 chemistry majors, we are small enough to focus on the needs of individual students but large enough to provide the resources for a rich and varied educational environment.
The coordinate major is intended for students who anticipate going to medical school or some other professional school, but would like to major in chemistry. The coordinate major provides more flexibility to take non-chemistry courses recommended by professional schools and the chemistry coursework can be completed in three years.
The ACS major is intended for students interested in employment as a chemist or graduate study in chemistry and approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS major provides solid background in chemistry, physics, and math, and prepares for work as a professional chemist.
For a teaching major in Chemistry, complete the Chemistry degree along with the appropriate teaching certification courses.
The Chemistry Department has a strong research program involving undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students working closely with faculty members.
Graduate student Sunav Shrestha recently earned a prize for a poster about solar energy.
The Chemistry Club goal is to make chemistry more exciting and intriguing for a wide variety of students.
Recent chemistry graduates from USD are working for distinguished organizations including the following companies.