The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers three different programs of study leading to a bachelor of science degree. Although requirements differ, each track is comprised of rigorous course work in chemistry with supporting classes in mathematics, physics, and biology. Chemistry students also enroll in Loyola Core general education classes. Undergraduate research is an additional key component of each chemistry student's education. We encourage chemistry majors to join a research group early in their Loyola career. Check out our faculty research activities to discover more about research opportunities. Detailed information on each track, including required courses, can be found in the links below.
Chemistry majors are encouraged to read about each degree and to meet with their academic advisors regarding course selections, research, internships, and graduation requirements. Current chemistry majors can log in to their LORA accounts for their academic advisor's name and contact information. Prospective chemistry majors should contact the Department of Chemistry to meet with an advisor.
A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry accredited by the American Chemical Society prepares students to enter directly into industry or pursue an advanced degree in any field of chemistry. See the degree plan »
A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry serves both students interested in pursing careers in health fields such as medicine and dentistry, as well as those interested in attending graduate school in biochemistry or working in the pharmaceutical industry. See the degree plan »
A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in forensic chemistry develops student's abilities to apply chemical and biochemical methods of analysis in order to aid the justice system in solving problems of a forensic nature. Graduates are prepared to either secure a job in a forensic services laboratory, or to pursue and advanced degree in the forensic sciences. See the degree plan »
Chemistry is one of the majors identified by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Page 4 of Bulletin 746) for which students can seek secondary grades certification (grades 6-12). Students preparing for certification in this area complete a particular set of Chemistry courses plus the focus-area courses for teacher education. See the degree plan here, and the list of teacher-education course descriptions here.