Chemistry & Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry.  There are two different options available for an American Chemical Society (ACS) approved Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, one in chemistry and one in biochemistry.  The ACS approved degree tracks are recommended for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in chemistry (63 credits) or biochemistry (70 credits).  There are also two non-ACS approved degrees, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biochemistry (69 credits), and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in chemistry (53 credits).  The non-ACS approved B.S. biochemistry degree has a larger biology emphasis, and is better suited for students seeking a broad background in both biochemistry and molecular biology.  The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is offered for students seeking a strong background in chemistry, but with less specialization than the Bachelor of Science program.  A minor in chemistry is also offered.

For those interested in teaching chemistry at the secondary level, the department suggests the B.A. degree along with the teacher certification program of the School of Education. For students interested in environmental science, a B.A. degree combined with a minor in Environmental Studies and supporting courses from biology and civil engineering is recommended.  Gonzaga University does not offer a program in chemical engineering. Students interested in chemical engineering should consider combining a B.S. degree in Chemistry with supporting courses from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from another institution.