The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers four undergraduate programs and strives to give students a strong theoretical background and the ability to apply what they know to a wide range of biological and physical systems. An “experiential” component to each program allows students to get more intimately involved with science through research or practice, and to develop a greater sense of identity as a chemist or biochemist. Students are prepared upon graduation to work as chemists and biochemists in academic, industrial and governmental settings. In addition, these programs of study provide an excellent foundation for advanced studies in biochemistry, chemistry and related graduate programs as well as professional schools in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and osteopathy.
- The Bachelor of Science degree programs with majors in Biochemistry or Chemistry provide rigorous education for those interested in pursuing scientific careers or graduate studies in science. The BS in Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society.
- Students following the Bachelor of Science program in Biochemistry or Chemistry may apply to the Graduate College in their third year for an accelerated Master of Science degree along with the BS degree (BS/MS program).
- The Bachelor of Arts degree programs in with majors in Biochemistry or Chemistry provide strong science foundations for those interested in pursuing non-laboratory careers or health-related professions.
Regardless of which major or program is pursued, all students will enjoy a high level of Departmental support.
If you are interested in majoring in Biochemistry or Chemistry, and would like to learn more about the CBC department, we can arrange a visit. We arrange for visitors to meet with an advisor and our CBC student ambassadors, and the ambassadors will take you to visit several research labs. An ideal time to visit is during spring break week (usually mid-March). We are not open on the weekends. We encourage parents to visit with their students!
All prospective freshmen must apply to the UA through the | Office of Admissions |. Prior to enrollment, you must attend a mandatory orientation session. During orientation you will meet your major advisor and enroll for classes. You can also schedule a tour of the UofA while you are on campus through the | Office of Admissions |.
Are you planning to transfer from a community college or another University? Check out the | Transfer Center | for more information about applying to the University and the procedure once you are admitted. You can also review the | Course Equivalency Guide | to see how courses articulate at the university.
If you are currently at an Arizona community college please check out our | Transfer Pathways | to see what courses are required in order for you to spend two years at a community college and an additional 2 years at the university. Please consult with an advisor for specific information.
Once you have applied, been accepted, and if necessary taken the Math Placement Test, you will need to schedule an appointment for Mandatory Advising. Mandatory Advising meetings are most effective if they are done in person. However, if you live outside the Tucson area, we can arrange for a phone meeting. All meetings are by appointment only, and you should plan on allotting a full hour to the meeting. Students cannot complete this meeting until they finish the Next Steps Center and Transfer Student Academic Preview. Leaving one item unsatisfied in this area will prevent you from being fully matriculated.
Contact an Academic Advisor
If you are curious about our program and student research opportunities, you may want to visit the | CBC Undergraduate Research Poster Fair |, which is open to the public each spring.
You must schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. New major meetings are not allowed during priority registration. You may receive course suggestions during priority registration and declare after that period has finished. Seats in majors only courses will not be reserved for anyone who intends to declare during this time.