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About this Program

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program provides students an in-depth study of the physical sciences, with an emphasis on chemistry.

This program equips students with the chemical knowledge required for pursuing a career as a chemist in industry or government, attending graduate school in chemistry, or attending a professional school such as medicine, pharmacy, or dentistry. Because MSU Denver is among the most affordable four-year universities in the nation, you can obtain your Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry without breaking the bank.

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The American Chemical Society (ACS) certification means that you have passed exams in every facet of Chemistry and in the instrumentation and techniques used in practical laboratories. With ACS certification, you will be considered immediately employable as a technical analyst in a wide range of industry careers!

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Meet with an Academic Advisor

Meet with your professional academic advisor to explore the Chemistry Major and get your questions answered.

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Declare your Chemistry Major

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers real-world, relevant courses that set you up for success.

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Get Rowdy Ready

Follow the semester-by-semester steps outlined in the CLAS Student Success Roadmap to ensure your success at MSU Denver.

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Want more information on what courses you should be taking? Learn more about required courses for the major.

Chemistry Major, B.S. Course Catalog

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Chemistry degree program at MSU Denver program stands out against the competition! Studying at MSU Denver offers you opportunities that are unmatched compared to other Colleges and Universities. See yourself here!

Reasons to choose us:

We are Nationally Ranked

Check out our ranking as one of the Top 25 Best Colleges for Chemistry in the nation! According to GradReports, this list features the top 25 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in chemistry based on the median salary of students one year after graduation.

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Unique Program Options

Not only do we offer the Chemistry, B.S., but we have other competitive programs that make us stand out:

We even offer competitive minors and certificates that can round out any program including, American Chemical Society Post-Baccalaureate Bridge Program (ACS-BP), Chemical Industry, National, and Government Laboratory Post-Baccalaureate Bridge Program (ING-BP) or Quality in the Chemical Industry Certificate.

Top Notch Facilities and Resources

Housed in the state-of-the-art Science Building on the Auraria Campus adjacent to downtown Denver, we have nine teaching labs, three research labs, a classroom/laboratory dedicated to the Criminalistics program and a microscope room that doubles as research space for the department’s faculty. The department has optimum instrumentation including the following:

  • GC-FID, flame AA and ICP spectrometers
  • fluorimeter and UV-Vis systems
  • PCR thermocyclers, gel boxes and gel imaging systems
  • Bruker 300 MHz NMR
  • polarized light and comparison microscopes
  • dedicated cold room

Hands-on Involvement Opportunities

Get the hands-on, practical lab experience you are looking for in the classroom. Then find other ways to get involved like completing an internship or become a teacher or prep assistant; participate in Undergraduate Research working along side your faculty and presenting at national conferences. We also have a student led Tri-Institutional Chemistry Club and student researchers in Biochemistry are in our ASBMB Student Chapter (American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology).

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Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

An MSU Denver Bachelor of Science in Chemistry can take you to graduate school and/or springboard your career from analytical lab technicians to becoming a professor to food scientist. Work in research and development, quality control/regulatory, manufacturing, law and policy and academia and more!

Alumni at Work

MSU Denver Chemistry and Biochemistry program alumni work in private, state and local laboratories and continue their studies across the nation.

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Program Accreditation

Chemistry Program AccreditationThe MSU Denver Chemistry and Biochemistry curriculum is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and follows the guidelines of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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MSU Denver has 36.7% Hispanic/Latinx students which the highest number of Hispanic/Latinx students among institutions of higher education in the state of Colorado.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

MSU Denver is dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion and has been named one of the Top Colleges for Diversity by Insight Into Diversity for 10 consecutive years.

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Transfer Student Leader

50% of MSU Denver students are transfers. As the top transfer destination for Coloradans, our students make an immediate impact on our workforce and community.

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Phone: 303-615-0277

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Office Location:
Main Office: Science Building Room 3062 (SI 3062)

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Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Campus Box 52
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362