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Do want to understand what things are made of and how they behave on a molecular level? Would you like to develop products people use every day? Or maybe you have plans to go on to graduate school in health sciences or dentistry? Then consider a Chemistry or Biochemistry degree from University of Detroit Mercy. The Chemistry and Biochemistry programs prepare students for employment in research labs, product development, healthcare facilities or for graduate, medical, dental or law schools.



Great Things At Detroit Mercy

  • Courses provide opportunities to combine traditional education with advanced laboratory experiences beginning in the first year of the program.
  • Undergraduates — even freshmen — are strongly encouraged to participate in ongoing research projects and present results at national and regional professional meetings. In fact, research is built into the very first semester of the program.
  • All of the chemistry classes, including laboratories, are taught by full-time faculty members, not teaching assistants.
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry is designed for students who wish to combine a degree in chemistry with another profession, such as secondary education, patent law or scientific writing.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society. The seven-year Bachelor/Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Program lets qualified students save time (and tuition!) in getting a highly sought-after degree.
  • Small class sizes — our average student-to-teacher ratio is 11:1; that means plenty of individualized attention and plenty of opportunity to get help with your experiments.
  • In the tradition of our Jesuit and Mercy sponsors, Detroit Mercy offers a great, well-rounded education. We don’t just teach chemistry; we create community leaders.

Your Boundless Future

The Chemistry and Biochemistry programs are a great foundation for a number of health science careers and graduate programs. Graduates go on to become chemical engineers, forensic scientists, pharmacologist, research scientists, toxicologist and many more. Others continue their education in a graduate program, law school or professional schools such as dentistry or medicine.


Contact Info

Mark A. Benvenuto
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Featured alumnus

Graham Greenland

Graham Greenland ’10, ’15

"Detroit Mercy's biochemistry program is comprised of faculty and staff who help you exceed the expectations you have for yourself and your career. Having gained my education in this program catapulted me forward in my learning potential because I knew my strengths and weaknesses. I am where I am today because they taught me how to learn and to always self-evaluate my abilities and potential, to always push the envelope, never losing sight of yourself."

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