Chemistry and Biochemistry

Become a CHEMCAT

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Let us convince you that CHEM is the right place to earn your chemistry or biochemistry undergraduate degree. Email us at or call 530-898-5259.

Top 10 Reasons to Join CHEM

  •  Stellar Learning Environment 
  • Faculty and Stockroom Staff in Their Elements
    • Faculty specialists in each chemical discipline and various chemistry fields make the perfect mixture of diverse expertise
    • Two Stockrooms full of professional chemicals, equipment, and enough knowledge to fill every beaker on campus
    • Small student to professor ratio and accessible one-on-one faculty/staff support
  • A Proton-Like Office Staff—Always Positive!
    • Provides enrollment and schedule assistance regularly
    • Offers extensive academic advising
    • Helps students navigate their paths to graduation and beyond
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards—Oh My! 
    • College of Natural Sciences Floyd English Scholarship ($2,500–$5,000)
    • Chemistry Legacy Scholarship ($250$500)
    • Marshall Ginter Summer Research Fellowship ($3,500)
    • Eugene Reid Summer Research Fellowship ($3,500)
    • CSRI Fellowship (up to $5,000)
    • Grover Willis Award ($250)
    • . . . and more!
  • $tudent Employment Opportunities
    • Stockroom student assistants ($15.50/hour)
    • In-lab assistants for faculty ($16.50/hour)
    • Grading assistants for faculty ($16.50/hour)
  • Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS)
    • A national award-winning undergraduate chemistry club
    • Provides free tutoring for students in all chemistry classes
    • Participates in professional networking and peer advising
  • Three Comprehensive Degree Paths
  • Bright Futures Happen with Chemistry
    • Medical
    • Dental
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Academic
    • Research
    • Chemical engineering
    • Chemical analysis
    • Material science
    • . . . and so much more!
  • CHEM <3 Fun!
    • Throws annual department awards and graduation celebrations—with food!
    • Gives out swag
    • Uses chemistry puns, but only periodically

Student Success Is the No. 1 Goal

But Don't Just Take Our Word for It . . . 

“I was able to partner with the biology department on how a certain enzyme associated with Alzheimer’s Disease works. . . . It could help treat or potentially cure the disease someday.” — Kendall Block (BS, Biochemistry, ’21) 

“Every professor and every person I’ve met as a result of choosing this major has formed me into the person I am today. I’m more motivated and confident than ever to keep pursuing medical school, and I am eternally grateful for that.” — Carlos Melchor (BS, Biochemistry, ’22) 

See for Yourself!