Undergraduate Chemistry

Our undergraduate students receive first-class training, both in the classroom and in the lab. Labs are equipped with modern MeasureNet workstations that have chemical probes for data acquisition and analysis. Organic chemistry students work in individual hoods and have access to instrument rooms where they can run IR and GC analysis. Students in our programs also benefit from the many opportunities available in the faculty research labs. Alongside graduate students, they are mentored by professors and postdocs as they carry out independent projects in support of grant-funded research that is at the leading edge of its field.

Student at lab bench

Be central. As the central science, Chemistry is a major player in tackling big questions and problems — searching for ways to feed the world's growing population, tapping into new sources of energy, improving health and fighting disease, and protecting the environment.


Lab students

Be whole. Our program develops the whole scientist, emphasizing professional development in all aspects, including oral and written communication skills. Students are encouraged to do independent research projects and present their findings at local and national meetings.

Chemist at computer

Be prepared. A Chemistry or Biochemistry degree is excellent preparation for a variety of careers or advanced study at the graduate and professional levels. We'll help you grow as an independent scientist by providing focused research opportunities.


 Chemistry teacher and student

Be noticed. Thanks to a ratio of one full-time faculty member for every eight majors, you're never just a face in a crowd. The mentoring relationships you develop here will carry into your professional life.




When students graduate from the CHEMISTRY (BS) program at Marquette, they have developed a new set of high-level skills and abilities through active participation with our program. Although there are innumerable ways in which the experiences in our program help students develop, the program strives with particular intentionality to help students be able to:

1.    Demonstrate clear understanding of concepts, with ability to solve problems in the five core areas of chemistry: Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Biochemistry.

2.    Display proficiency in fundamental Chemistry Laboratory skills, including safety, selection and use of modern instrumentation, proper calibration practices and computer–based data acquisition, working in teams, and responsible handling of scientific data.

3.    Demonstrate proficiency in writing scientific reports and making scientific presentations, which includes overall quality of writing/speaking (clear; logical; scientifically sound), as well as proper/ethical citation of the scientific literature.