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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Major

As a chemistry major, you’ll learn the fundamental theories and laboratory skills you need to excel in today’s fast-paced scientific world.

Through your coursework in chemistry, biology, math and physics, you’ll have the opportunity to work on research projects as varied as the detection of trace antibiotics in natural water and the development of microwave methods for organic synthesis.

Meet Your Major

In the chemistry program, you will:

  • Study the composition, structure, properties and change of matter.
  • Learn to think broadly, creatively and independently within the field, and to communicate your scientific insight both in writing and orally.
  • Discover fundamental chemical concepts and laboratory skills.
  • Utilize cutting-edge tools and instruments like x, y and z, which are being used in top chemistry laboratories around the world
  • Have ample opportunity to engage in original research on topics as varied as microwave chemistry and smart molecules.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll have the chance to conduct independent research, with guidance from a faculty mentor, and then present your work at conferences and in scientific journals. Plus, you can discuss science outside the classroom at clubs like Benzene Ring, the Campus Environmental Sustainability Initiative and the Biology Club.

Career Options

A Merrimack chemistry or biochemistry degree provides a strong foundation for success in a variety of careers and in graduate school. Many of our majors go on to graduate or professional school in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and dentistry, while others enter directly into the workforce where they are well positioned to compete strongly in today’s job market. 

Positions may include: 

  • Analytical chemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Doctor
  • Environmental scientist
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Toxicologist

What You’ll Take

Required Courses

CHM 1110

General Chemistry I

CHM 1120

General Chemistry II

CHM 2210

Organic Chemistry I

CHM 2220

Organic Chemistry II

CHM 2320

Inorganic Chemistry I

CHM 3410

Analytical Chemistry

CHM 3570

Biophysical Chemistry

CHM 4010

Chemistry Seminar I

CHM 4020

Chemistry Seminar II 

CHM 3580

Physical Chemistry II 


BIO 3037 

Cellular Biochemistry 


MTH 1217

Calculus I

MTH 1218

Calculus II

MTH 2219

Calculus III 


PHY 2211

Physics I

PHY 2212

Physics II 

ASC Certification

If you would like to earn your ACS Certification, you must also take:


CHM 4910

Directed Research I

CHM 4920

Directed Research II 


Personalize your experience by completing four credit hours of chemistry electives.