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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
With stellar faculty, small class sizes, and outstanding research facilities, the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers a hands-on immersion in every field of modern chemistry. Our undergraduate programs include a one-of-a-kind pharmaceutical chemistry major and a bioinformatics minor, and our graduate programs extend into nanotechnology and advanced drug design. We also offer the integrated graduate credit program where academically qualified undergraduate students can take up to 15 additional credits of relevant USciences graduate coursework at no extra cost.
Undergraduate BS, Minor Programs
Build a strong foundation in the five major areas of chemistry — analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic, and physical — the basis for advanced scientific study and interdisciplinary research.
This exciting interdisciplinary field explores the chemicals and chemical reactions in living systems. You will learn to use powerful analytical tools —including nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry and fluorescence spectroscopy — to study the molecules that power life.
Pharmaceutical ChemistryProgram Options: BS
USciences is the only university in Philadelphia and one of only a few nationwide offering this uniquely powerful undergraduate degree. Over four years, you’ll study everything from organic and biochemistry to computer-aided drug design and medicinal chemistry.
BioinformaticsProgram Options: Minor
This minor — which uses computer technology to gather and analyze biological information — is the perfect accompaniment to USciences majors like biochemistry, health science, and pharmacology and toxicology.
Graduate MS, PhD Programs
As a graduate student in chemistry, you’ll get to work closely with seasoned faculty in a small and high-performing department.
Biochemists with a master’s degree or PhD are in high demand across the pharmaceutical, medical manufacturing, and advanced research sectors. At USciences, you’ll benefit from close interaction and personal attention from top faculty in computational biochemistry, drug design, biochemical genetics, and more.
USciences proudly offers one of the only advanced pharmacognosy degrees in the country. This exciting field explores the natural products and plants that are used in some of today’s most effective medicines. Areas of specialization include ethnobotany, nutraceuticals, and metabolic engineering.
BioinformaticsProgram Options: MS
From genome sequencing to database design, a graduate degree in bioinformatics opens doors to exciting careers in personalized medicine and genetic research.
- USciences Alumni, Students Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
January 15, 2021
USciences alumni, students working on the front lines in healthcare institutions were among some of the first to be vaccinated for COVID-19. For many, the vaccine is a sign of hope for the future and a symbol of the importance of science and healthcare.
- Professor Receives WW Smith Charitable Fund Award for the Second Time
January 12, 2021
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Zhihong Wang, PhD, has been awarded over $122,000 from the WW Smith Charitable Trust to fund her project entitled "Development of Novel Allosteric Inhibitors Targeting the MAPK Signaling Pathway in Lung Cancer".
- Board of Trustees Appoints New Roth Chair
January 12, 2021
University of the Sciences' Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Associate Professor of biology Bela Peethambaran, PhD, as the Abraham and Edythe Roth Chair in Pharmacognosy/Natural Products.
- Lynette Hammond McNeal Endured Segregation and Racism to Advance her Career as an Adolescent Psychiatrist
December 14, 2020
Serving in the United States Army in 1949 as a black woman was a fraught position to say the least. But before Lynnette Hammond McNeal became a chemist, physician, and leading adolescent psychiatrist, she did just that.
- Student On Frontlines of COVID-19 Shows Importance of Lab Science
November 12, 2020
As the Deputy Coroner, Joseph Vizzarri BMS'21 acts as the eyes and ears of the forensic pathologists when there is a death investigation.
Nathan Baird, PhD, Interim Department Chair
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