Chemistry & Biochemistry

The TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry educates socially responsible and civically engaged chemists and biochemists.

Our graduates are problem solvers who view the world through a global lens and develop scientific solutions that will have a positive, sustainable and lasting impact on society. We recently earned top national recognition from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for our unique learning model, which incorporates experiential activities and ethical practices into our curriculum.

In addition to providing you with unparalleled research opportunities, rigorous coursework, and exceptional laboratory experiences, our accomplished faculty and staff will help you develop such vital skills as critical thinking, clear communication, teamwork, and personal and social responsibility. Our state-of-the-art facilities, instrumentation and resources will support your research, experimentation and success in the areas of biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and global citizenship.

TWU to host annual SCI-SW Regional SENCER Symposium Jan. 31

The annual SCI-SW Regional SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) symposium is scheduled for Friday, Jan 31, 2020. The topic of the symposium this year is "Citizen Science: The Impact on our Communities by Plastics in Our Environment" and will focus on this very critical issue from different views. This event will be held as a Zero Impact event.

In addition to an outstanding line up of speakers, KEM Club is sponsoring a competition for all TWU students to make 4-6 minute videos. The video can cover either of the following topics: How to develop an effective way to measure the amount of microplastics in the air, water or soil; or how to remove microplastics from the air, water or soil. Send the link for your YouTube video to twumicroplastics@gmail.com by Dec. 16.

Environmental chemistry class tests local air and water for harmful pollutants

Students in an environmental chemistry class at Texas Woman’s University are learning first-hand how harmful pollutants are affecting air and water quality in their own community.

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. As of Fall 2018, we now offer a NEW track in environmental chemistry, which allows you to study the role of chemical species in natural places such as water, air and soil. A chemistry minor also is available to TWU undergraduate students.

Our flexible master of science degree in chemistry is custom-designed by a 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.

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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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