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Programs in Chemistry & Biochemistry

Are you naturally curious and also have a love of numbers and analysis? Immerse yourself in this cutting-edge field that opens the doors to countless careers, both in the lab and out of it.

Our programs in chemistry and biochemistry strongly emphasize hands-on laboratory experience to encourage creativity and innovation. You will receive individual attention from our faculty and thrive in intimate learning environments where lab sessions rarely exceed 30 students.

Whether you are interested in law, medicine, pharmaceuticals or teaching, a chemistry or biochemistry degree prepares you for excellence in many disciplines. We are proud to offer one of the best-equipped programs of its size in the U.S., where you will have access to a wide variety of high-end field equipment equal to the facilities of big state schools.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, master of science, and doctor of philosophy degrees in chemistry. Students also can pursue a combined bachelor’s and master’s program to complete both degrees in five years.

#20 Among STEM Universities, Forbes

100% Success Rate For UTulsa Chemistry Majors

$79K+ Annual Median Pay for Chemists

100% Success Rate For UTulsa Chem. M.S. Students

Professional Opportunities

We offer one of the best-equipped chemistry programs for its size in the country, allowing students to gain rich practical experience in the field. Our graduates are well-equipped to stand out from the competition and become leaders across many sectors. Our alumni work for world-renowned companies and institutions, including British Petroleum, 3M, Cleveland Clinic, U.S. Navy, ConocoPhillips, and the University of Florida.

Job opportunities:

  • Epidemiologist
  • Organic chemist
  • Food scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Human or veterinary medicine
  • Chemistry teacher

My primary project was to observe variability in genome folding within cancer cells, specifically the HCT116 cell line, colorectal carcinoma cells. Working with UTulsa faculty and in the lab has inspired me to continue biomedical research in the future.”

Andy Gamez-Rico Junior biochemistry major
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    Learn more about the department

    Chemistry and biochemistry majors receive individual attention in intimate learning environments where lab sections rarely exceed 30 students. The UTulsa curriculum emphasizes laboratory experience and culminates with a capstone senior research project. This early involvement in the field provides students with valuable experience in the conceptual basis and experimental nature of chemistry and biochemistry.

    Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry