Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
Chemistry majors at Fort Lewis College deal in curiosity. You can engage with modern laboratory techniques and collaborate with peers. You can develop green chemistry methods and contribute to their applications in the real world. You can participate in cutting-edge research with faculty members year-round. And by graduation, you can choose to continue straight into a professional or graduate program, or immediately start your technical career.
The Colorado Commission on Higher Education named our Chemistry & Biochemistry Department a Program of Excellence, recognizing our program as one of the best in the state. We rank in the National Science Foundation’s top 20% for the number of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry.
American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degree - This curriculum includes a core of courses in chemistry and related fields, as well as a required amount of laboratory experience beyond general chemistry. This program is particularly recommended if you plan to seek an advanced degree in chemistry or a related field or employment in industry.
Undergraduate summer research program - You will have opportunities in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, natural products, organic chemistry, and polymer chemistry. These research projects last for 10 weeks each summer.
Once you graduate, you are qualified to enter directly into a technical career, and to apply to any related professional and graduate program.
Earning this degree also leads to careers in such fields as:
For any career, this degree establishes that you are highly adaptable. You can think critically about challenging issues, solve problems creatively, and collaborate with effective communication and analytical skills. You will be able to apply the tools, methods, and knowledge from the Chemistry program to any area concerned with addressing material problems.
If you intend to earn an advanced degree in chemistry or biochemistry, engineering, medicine, or other science-based postgraduate program for the purpose of teaching or research or clinical practice, we encourage you to extend the basic Chemistry major by including three or four additional courses in biology, mathematics, or physics. You can consult with the Department faculty to select these courses.
If you intend to pursue professional studies in pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, nursing, or veterinary medicine, you should consult with the Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty and the Pre-Health Advisory Committee when planning your studies.
Our graduates have worked with these organizations:
Our graduates have attended these graduate schools: