Join our research-intensive graduate program, and contribute to discoveries in chemical science, biochemistry, or a cognate discipline. Our faculty and graduate students have advanced research in areas including nanomedicine, solid-state structural characterization, and the study of biochemical and biophysical properties of proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases. Our program will prepare you for your future challenges in education, industry, and beyond.
This accelerated plan allows you to combine a master's degree in chemistry with any bachelor’s degree offered by the Department of Chemistry. Students enrolled in the Chemistry Accelerated Master’s (BS-MS) program begin graduate course work during the fourth year and complete the requirements for both the bachelor's and master's degrees in five years of full-time study. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to succeed in industry or in a chemistry doctoral program.
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program at Michigan Tech is where pioneering PhD students and expert faculty come together and seek answers to some of the world's most pressing problems. This interdisciplinary program—built on the strength of preexisting graduate programs in biological sciences, chemistry, and forest molecular genetics/biotechnology—provides students with the opportunity to focus on the study of biochemistry and molecular biology within a variety of subject areas.
The Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) Program in Applied Science Education, offered jointly by the Departments of Chemistry and Cognitive and Learning Sciences, affords students the opportunity to incorporate Peace Corps service into a Master of Science in Applied Science Education. This PCMI program is the only one of its kind in the country.
The interdisciplinary PhD in Atmospheric Sciences provides students with an understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes affecting the atmosphere, as well as a foundation in the fundamentals of specific atmospheric systems. Students work with faculty spanning five departments, who incorporate expertise and research over multiple areas of emphasis, and contribute solutions to the most challenging atmospheric science questions of our day.
The PhD in Engineering (Environmental) is designed for the pursuit of advanced, interdisciplinary studies in environmental engineering. The professional discipline of environmental engineering seeks to improve and maintain the environment for the protection of human health, for the protection of nature’s beneficial ecosystems, and for the environment-related enhancement of the quality of human life.
Chemistry majors learn best in a practical laboratory setting. Our program will prepare you to contribute to the nucleus of chemical advancements in diverse fields and leave your impression on the world. You’ll quickly learn your way around our advanced labs and equipment, with the majority of your time being spent conducting research (independently and alongside faculty) and creatively exploring the real-world applications of chemistry.
Biochemists and molecular biologists investigate biomolecules, studying biological chemistry to understand the molecular and genetic bases of cellular processes. Our interdisciplinary bachelor's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology will prepare you for a rewarding career in virtually any branch of the life sciences you choose, such as agriculture; biotechnology; biofuels; medicine and pharmacology; forensic science; or genomics and molecular genetics.
Cheminformatics is at the intersection of chemistry and information technology. A bachelor's degree in cheminformatics will provide you with a unique blended skill set in preparation for a career in this rapidly expanding field. You will complete upper-level course work in both chemistry and computer science. As a cheminformatics specialist, you will play an important role in supporting research and laboratory experimentation by making chemical information accessible and usable.
Pharmaceutical chemists work on multidisciplinary teams to formulate, test, and analyze drugs. Our degree program in pharmaceutical chemistry emphasizes research experience, a requirement for many jobs in pharmaceuticals. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to apply your training in chemistry to the process of pharmaceutical synthesis and analysis. You could conduct basic and applied research in chemistry to understand drug compounds or develop guidelines for the US FDA.
Chemistry plays a central role in the physical, life, and applied sciences. If you're not a chemistry major, but you'd like to explore the discipline, a minor in chemistry is an excellent option. You'll take 18 credits within the chemistry department, choosing from topics such as polymer chemistry, biomolecular chemistry, and spectroscopy of organic chemistry.
A minor in pharmaceutical chemistry allows students from other majors to explore their interests in the exciting science of drug design and analysis. Credits in chemistry, math, and more give students a well-rounded experience. Undergraduate research experiences are possible, as well.
A teaching minor in chemistry is different from a minor in chemistry, as it is reserved for secondary-education students from any chosen teaching major. To be certified to teach, students must pass both the major and minor content area state certification tests. For more information on current requirements, contact the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences.
Discover remote sensing—an interdisciplinary field employing advanced technology to remotely collect data and take measurements. Remote sensing techniques are used in field studies when direct sensing is difficult or impossible, on scales ranging from microscopic to satellite to astronomical. Michigan Tech’s Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) fosters interdisciplinary, team-based collaboration in remote sensing; opportunities to research on RSI teams are available to undergraduate students.