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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Work shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best scientists in the country. Together you will push the boundaries of chemistry and biochemistry.

Chemists are in great demand today in industry, government, and university laboratories, as the salary structure makes clear: median salaries for Ph.D., MS, and BS degree holders were $100,600, $85,000, and $73,900 a year, respectively, in 2012.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina is one of the best in the Southeast, with world-class research programs in Biochemistry and in Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry. The department was recently ranked in the Top 40 in the United States by Chemical and Engineering News and has been consistently listed by the American Chemical Society as one of the top 30 programs in the country, based on Ph.D. productivity.

Since 2000, we have been housed in a l58,000-square-foot, $36 million center that was designed to be a cutting-edge chemistry facility. Our talented faculty members are easily accessible and interested in the education of their students. Our professors have won numerous awards; eight, for example, have received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Science, presented annually to the top research scientist in the state of South Carolina.

Undergraduate students majoring in chemistry have dozens of courses to choose from in the areas of general, analytical, biological, inorganic, and physical chemistry, as well as interdivisional courses. Ours is one of three undergraduate Chemistry programs recognized for excellence by the State Commission on Higher Education.

The graduate program - designed to produce skilled, broadly educated, and creative scientists -leads to the Ph.D. with concentrations in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. The course and research requirements are flexible and can be tailored to the background and interests of each student. Please peruse our website for more details. We would like to hear from you.

Visit the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Website.