Bachelor of Science Degree
The future depends greatly on how people solve the world's problems, and problem solving is what chemists and physicists do best. From medicinal chemistry to research in superconductivity, there are abundant opportunities in the sciences. The chemistry programs at the University of Central Missouri prepare students for many rewarding cutting-edge careers.
The biochemistry and chemistry degree programs at UCM provide a balanced curriculum of classroom instruction and practical laboratory experience. Students with a major in biochemistry receive extensive state of the art, hands-on experience with instrumentation, such as UV-Visible, FTIR, and FTNMR spectroscopy; chromatography (GC/MS/MS/ HPLC); calorimetry; fluorometry; electrochemical analysis and others.
About the Faculty
Active research, workshop and seminar participation keep chemistry faculty current in the ever-advancing field of science. In addition to a wide range of academic and professional experience, all faculty members in UCM's chemistry program have earned doctorates in their fields of expertise.
The program's caring and experienced faculty provide individualized attention for their students, and the university's low student-to-faculty ratio allows for such personalized activity. Classroom learning is reinforced through practical laboratory experiences, where the use of instrumentation is emphasized.
The chemistry programs are located in the W. C. Morris Science Building. The facilities include areas for general instructional use, audio-visual facilities, a library study area and modern laboratories in various areas of specialization. The program also has modern, well-equipped computer laboratories in chemistry, as well as electronic classrooms.
Biochemistry is a common and well-suited major for many of the preprofessional programs (medicine, dentistry, veterinary, pharmacy, optometry) and also qualifies graduates to work as teachers or as chemists in industry and government. Biochemistry students are provided very attractive financial assistance should they choose to continue their studies at the graduate level. Graduate studies in biochemistry, analytical, organic, inorganic, chemical education, petroleum and pharmaceutical chemistry are among the numerous options available.
Students are encouraged to supplement their academic programs through participation in campus organizations of special professional, service and academic interest. The American Chemical Society provides opportunities for members to have personal and informal association with the chemistry faculty outside of the classroom. The society meets regularly, sponsor lectures on contemporary science topics, and provide avenues of participation for campus activities. Students who merit academic recognition may be invited to join one or more of the honorary societies in science, such as Sigma Pi Sigma or Beta Beta Beta.
Biochemistry and chemistry students are considered for employment as laboratory or program assistants after completion of a minimum amount of training and study. This opportunity provides students with valuable teaching, research and technical experience.
The chemistry programs collaborate with the Departments of Criminal Justice and Biology and Earth Science to offer a minor in forensic science. Graduates completing the minor will be able to complete DNA testing and analyze trace evidence as entry level laboratory personnel.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
UCM's Student Financial Services Office offers nearly $7 million in merit-based scholarships each year to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, special talents, or potential in a specific field of study. The primary mission of the office is to help students and their families identify and apply for appropriate financial resources to help pay the educational and living expenses they'll incur to attend UCM. Student Financial Services may be reached at 660-543-8266 or visit their website at ucmo.edu/sfs.
To Learn More
Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics