Degree Programs

Undergraduate Programs - Chemistry

Bachelor of Science (American Chemical Society Certified)

The courses required for the B.S. degree provide a solid education in chemistry for the professional chemist and in preparation for graduate work in most areas of chemistry.  These requirements meet the latest certification standards of the American Chemical Society. If you choose to pursue a B.S. in chemistry, you may also select specialized options in Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, and Pharmacology.

Bachelor of Arts

The courses required for the B.A. degree provide a less extensive training in chemistry than do the courses required for the ACS certified B.S. degree.  This allows the student to supplement his or her program with courses that meet his or her specific needs.  Thus this degree provides the core of traditional preparation in chemistry together with latitude for combination in an interdisciplinary field or in the Teacher Preparation program.  It is strongly advised that students using this degree obtain faculty advice in planning their program.

Minor in Chemistry

Students may choose to supplement their chosen major degree(s) with a minor in chemistry.

Undergraduate Programs - Biochemistry

Bachelor's of Science 

Undergraduate majors receive a solid foundation in both chemistry and biology. Biochemistry courses are usually taken in the junior year allowing majors to become involved in research with faculty and to take electives in their senior year. The major also introduces students to computer science, an essential tool in modern biochemistry. The B.S. in Biochemistry prepares students for advanced degrees in biochemistry or biophysics, for medical, dental or veterinary schools and for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Bachelor's of Science - Health Professions Option

A Health Professions option is offered within the B.S. in Biochemistry for students whose career goals are in fields related to biochemistry, particularly medical school. This option is designed so that students can complete all coursework necessary for the MCAT and other exams required for health-related professional schools by the end of their third year.

Bachelor's of Science - Computational Biochemistry

This degree incorporates both foundational and advanced level courses in chemistry, biology, computer science, and biochemistry to prepare students for careers in computationally intensive fields, like bioinformatics, molecular-modeling design, and structure-based design.

Minor in Biochemistry

Students desiring a basic grounding in biochemistry to complement their primary major can choose to pursue a minor in Biochemistry. 

Graduate Programs

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and analytical/environmental chemistry.
The Ph.D, a research degree, is the highest offered by American universities. It is never awarded simply upon the completion of a prescribed course of study but only when a student has demonstrated mastery of the fundamentals of chemistry, and the ability to make original contributions to his/her field.
The precise requirements for the Ph.D. degree at the University of Montana are tailored to the student's particular background, needs and interest by an advisory committee. Interdisciplinary programs are encouraged.

Master of Science

The Master of Science degree is also offered in inorganic, organic, physical chemistry and analytical/environmental chemistry. The course program consists of a broad core program plus electives approved by an advisory committee. Thesis and non-thesis options are available, although the thesis option is usually preferred.

Master of Science for Teachers

The Master of Science for Teachers degree is designed to be a flexible opportunity for certified teachers of chemistry to improve command of their subject matter. Work in related areas, including education, is possible under some options. Students design their own course of study in collaboration with a faculty advisor. Students attending summer session may work for credit in a faculty research program. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. Two semesters and a summer are usually required for completion of the degree.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree is designed for students who have interests in applying advanced knowledge in chemistry to careers in education, marketing, business, laboratory management, scientific journalism, or public policy.

Please use the Graduate School's online application to apply.