Chemistry & Biochemistry

The TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will develop your knowledge of the properties, composition, structure, behaviors and energy changes of material substances, while teaching you to apply this knowledge for the benefit of humanity. 

Our state-of-the-art facilities, instrumentation and resources support advanced research in the areas of biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry. Our accomplished faculty and staff serve as mentors and experts in their fields, providing unparalleled opportunities for you to participate in groundbreaking research, supportive student communities and academic seminars.

Degree programs

We offer undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and chemistry, with programs leading to teacher certification, American Chemistry Society certification, and preparation for medically-related professional programs. A chemistry minor also is available to TWU undergraduate students.

Our flexible master of science degree in chemistry is custom-designed by faculty committee to suit your individual career goals. As a graduate student in our program, you will have the opportunity to choose from a broad range of research focuses, attend advanced courses, and participate in seminars and research.

TWU chemistry program earns top national recognition

Over the past decade, Texas Woman’s University students in chemistry and biochemistry have turned aluminum cans into Play-Doh, sampled and analyzed water quality in the Trinity River watershed, and converted human energy on treadmills into potential electricity. For “graduating chemists with civic lenses” and addressing such social issues as sustainability, water quality and safety, TWU has been singled out for special recognition by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Career outlook

Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs will prepare you for graduate studies in chemistry; admission to medical, dental or pharmacy school; or a career as a professional chemist or teacher.

Profession 2015 median salary Explore our corresponding entry-level programs
Agricultural and food scientists $62,470 Bachelor's degrees
Biochemists and biophysicists $82,150 Bachelor's degree and master's degree
Chemical Engineers $97,360 Bachelor's degrees
Chemists and material scientists $72,610 Bachelor's degrees
Dental hygienists $72,330 Bachelor's degree for pre-health majors
Dentists $158,310 Bachelor's degree for pre-health majors
High school science teachers $57,200 Bachelor's degree with teacher certification
Pharmacists $121,500 Bachelor's degree for pre-health majors
Physicians and surgeons $187,200 Bachelor's degree for pre-health majors
Postsecondary science teachers $72,470 Master's degree
Registered nurses $67,490 Bachelor's degree for pre-health majors

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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