Chemistry Major, B.A.
If you want to teach high school students about climate change, the onset of epidemics like the Zika virus or any of today’s complex problems from the perspective of Chemistry ‒ or you want to add a second science major – MSU Denver’s bachelor of arts degree in Chemistry is a great option.
MSU Denver’s B.A. in Chemistry program is designed for students like you who want to ignite scientific curiosity in others. Focusing on research, the Chemistry B.A. will help you acquire the intellectual, experimentation and communication skills necessary to succeed as a Chemistry teacher or science professional, or to enter medical school. Our professors work hard to foster a sense of community and a support network for MSU Denver students that includes a student lounge, in-house tutoring, extensive supplemental instruction programs plus scholarships and grants to enable student success.
The B.A. in Chemistry program can also pair with the science education licensure program from the College of Education to meet Colorado Teacher Licensure Standards. You’ll be prepared to pass the corresponding licensure content exam and to teach to the Colorado Model Content Standards. If you are planning to seek teacher licensure, you should consult with an advisor in Chemistry as well as in Teacher Education.
MSU Denver also offers a B.S. in Chemistry, a B.S. in Chemistry degree with American Chemical Society Certification, a B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Criminalistics and a B.S. in Biochemistry for those wanting to specialize in the study of living systems.
- B.A. in Chemistry
- B.S. in Chemistry
- B.S. in Chemistry with American Chemical Society Certification
- B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Criminalistics
- Chemistry Minor
- Minor in Criminalistics
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
The STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines are critical to the U.S. economy and educators provide the foundation for students, inspiring them to ultimately pursue a college degree and eventually a career in science.
For a postsecondary chemistry teacher, the annual median salary is $72,420 with a 13 percent growth rate between 2014 and 2024. (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook).
With a B.S. in Chemistry degree from MSU Denver you’ll have numerous career opportunities in research and development, quality control/regulatory, manufacturing, law and policy, forensics and academia. As a chemist, you can anticipate a median salary of $72,610; as a forensic science technician, you can expect to earn $56,320 (BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook).
Associate Professor Megan Filbin-Wong believes that anyone can read a textbook and understand facts, but that scientists assimilate information to identify gaps in knowledge, develop methods to test hypotheses and make sense of experimental results. Therefore, her mission as an educator is to guide students to become scientists.
Assistant Professor Megan Lazorski focuses her research on light/matter interactions and manipulation thereof for solar energy conversion and clean alternative fuel production. She primarily focuses on the design and characterization of donor-acceptor complexes. She is also working on creating simple, versatile, and affordable open-source systems for characterizing the light-harvesting materials she designs. She firmly believe s that increasing instrumentation accessibility for solar energy conversion material analysis is a viable way to accelerate the rate of advancement in this field.
Alumni at Work
MSU Denver Chemistry alumni have been hired by these organizations:
- Aurora Police Department
- Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
- Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office
- Boulder Police Department
- Colorado Bureau of Investigation
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
MSU Denver Chemistry alumni have been accepted for post-graduate study at:
- Colorado State University
- Washington State University
- University of Colorado Boulder
- University of Maryland Baltimore County
- University of Wyoming
- University of Utah
- Purdue University
- Colorado School of Mines
The B.A. in Chemistry major offers high-quality foundational classes in Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physical Chemistry as well as electives such as:
- Forensic Chemistry
- Organic Compound Identification
- Instrumental Analysis
Facilities and Resources
Located in the cutting-edge Auraria Campus Science Building near downtown Denver, MSU Denver’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has two research labs, nine teaching labs, a classroom-laboratory for Criminalistics studies plus a microscope room that doubles as faculty research space. The Chemistry department also has the following instruments:
- Bruker 300 MHz NMR
- dedicated cold room stereo
- GC-FID, flame AA and ICP spectrometers
- PCR thermocyclers, gel boxes and gel imaging systems
- fluorimeter and UV-Vis systems
- polarized light and comparison microscopes
The MSU Denver Chemistry and Biochemistry curriculum is approved by the American Chemical Society and follows the guidelines of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.