Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Majors & Concentrations

  • Biochemistry (BS) U860
  • Chemistry (BA) U121
  • Chemistry (BA) (High Sch Lic) U125
  • Chemistry (BS) U123
  • Chemistry (BS) (Biochemistry) U124
  • Chemistry (BS) (High Sch Lic) U126
  • Chemistry Research (BS) U168

About the major

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry offers preparation for those planning to enter fields such as medicine or dentistry, secondary school teaching, various vocations within the chemical industry, or technically-related professions such as patent law or science journalism.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry differs from the B.A. in requiring additional advanced courses in chemistry and/or related sciences. It provides very thorough undergraduate training in chemistry and an excellent background for students planning to undertake graduate work or to enter the chemical industry.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and the B.S. in Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry provide students with excellent preparation for graduate work in biochemistry and related life sciences, as well as for employment in chemical and biotechnological industries or health professions. This program is very popular with pre-professional students.
  • The B.S. in Chemistry with a Concentration in Research offers students the option to be exposed to four years of research. This is excellent preparation for graduate work in science.

What's Unique about chemistry and biochemistry at UNCG?

  • UNCG’s program is one of only three biochemistry B.S. programs in North Carolina.
  • Students who earn a B.S. chemistry degree are certified by the American Chemical Society as having completed rigorous requirements for undergraduate professional training.
  • Students are encouraged to be involved in faculty research projects and students are frequently included as co-authors or presenters at national conferences for chemical research findings.
  • Active faculty include two UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award winners, four College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence award winners, and one UNC Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award winner; strong emphasis on teaching.
  • Industry employees, teachers, and others participate in professional and pre-professional activities.

Academic clubs and organizations

  • Skeptical Chemists Club (American Chemical Society Student Affiliates): organizes lectures and seminars for students and arranges social outings
  • Environmental Awareness Foundation: a student club that promotes responsible scientific practices in order to maintain a healthy ecosystem

Student opportunities

  • Student research internships (contact the department for more information)
  • Undergraduate jobs as lab assistants
  • Undergraduate research assistant positions
  • Chemistry/biochemistry internship course


UNCG graduates hold positions such as these:

  • Assistant professor, University of Philippines, Diliman
  • Certifying scientist, Ameritox, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Laboratory manager, Mass Spectrometry Facility, North Carolina State University
  • Staff Scientist in analytical sciences/metabolomics at the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) in Kannapolis, N.C.
  • Analytical/R&D lab manager for Qvape Juice, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Faculty of chemistry at the National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • Quality and regulatory safety associate with New Chapter Inc., a subsidiary of Procter & Gamble, Brattleboro, Vt.
  • Assistant professor in the faculty of pharmacy at the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan.

Professional Organizations and Accreditation

  • The American Chemical Society

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