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Chemistry & Biochemistry

We focus on real-world challenges concerning health, energy, the environment, materials, and renewability. You’ll use state-of-the-art instrumentation as you gain valuable research experience.

The Right Solution

In biochemistry and chemistry, you'll do exciting research as you work closely with professors whose number-one goal is to see you succeed. And, you'll get hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art labs starting your first year.

Our 2018 grads had nearly 100 percent career placement soon after Commencement, thanks in part to the real-world experience our professors bring to the classroom from professional experience at companies such as Eli Lilly, General Motors and Honda.

Chemistry and biochemistry also offer an excellent pathway to medical school.

Majors & Minors

We offer multiple options for an entering freshman that provide a solid foundation in chemistry and exposure to many disciplines. You can major or minor in chemistry, or major in biochemistry. Additionally, chemistry majors can select biochemistry-molecular biology as a second degree.

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Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

If you love hands-on learning, you'll love biochemistry at Rose-Hulman. You'll work closely with faculty and other students on exciting research, preparing you for medical school, grad school or the professional world. 

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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

A chemistry degree is excellent preparation for medical school and related fields, or careers in business, law, forensics, or education.

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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

The Rose-Hulman biochemistry & molecular biology program is available to students as a second major and is meant to augment other majors.

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Master's Degrees in Chemistry

Choose from two post-graduate degree programs the master of science in chemistry and the master of chemistry.

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Why Science at Rose-Hulman?

Because here, you'll do real research driven by your interests with awesome professors.

Department News

Learn about the latest happenings, recent research, and more in chemistry and biochemistry at Rose-Hulman.

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Biochemistry Student Dives Into COVID-19 Research During Internship

Ross Weatherman

Weatherman Becomes Head of Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

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Students Develop Creative Tech Challenge Solutions

Facilities & Resources

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to work in our recently renovated facilities, including a modern biochemistry research-teaching lab, three research labs, fully equipped organic and freshman labs, and an instrument facility.

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In the lab, you’ll use equipment such as our Varian Gemini 300 MHz and Anasazi 90MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance devices, a Shimadzu GC-2010 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer, and High Performance Liquid Chromatography.

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Our fully equipped labs andcomplete stockroom staffed by full-time technicians will give you hands-on experience and undergraduate research opportunities.

Careers in Chemistry & Biochemistry

Because chemistry touches every aspect of human life, your career opportunities are limited only by your imagination. From academia, research, and medicine to consumer goods, government, analytical laboratories, museums, and software publishers.

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Biochemists use knowledge of chemistry to find solutions to biological problems, tackling some of the world’s most pressing challenges and enhancing quality of life. Some biochemists work in a clinical setting to help diagnose diseases, while others may focus on forensics or research.

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Product Development Scientist

Product development scientists work in many different industries, ensuring their organizationmeets government regulations for safety and quality, or developing and enhancing products to meet customer demands. They may find themselves developing new flavors of their favorite food products or helping ensure the safety of cosmetics.

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Cancer Researcher

Every day, researchers are using chemistry to unlock new clues in the search for a cure, and reaching discoveries that enable better treatment options and allow patients to live longer.Cancer researchers may use genomics to determine patient risk, or develop immunotherapy methods that allow patients’ own immune systems to fight the disease.

Dr. Ross Weatherman, Rose-Hulman Professor of Chemistry and department head

Dr. Ross Weatherman

Department Head and Professor of Chemistry Dr. Ross Weatherman has received the Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award and was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. He leads a team of high-achieving students in researching the role of estrogen in the development and treatment of breast cancer. Their work seeks to improve existing drugs, resulting in better treatments with fewer side effects. The value of his research has been recognized with grants totaling $2 million from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Army. Dr. Weatherman also has developed strong collaborations with the Indiana University School of Medicine and has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed research publications.

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Contact Us

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Moench Hall F110
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803
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