Undergraduate Resources

High School Preparation | Degree Options | Teacher Preparation | Advising | Scholarships



Welcome to the Undergraduate Chemistry page at the University of Montana. Here you can find important information about our chemistry program such as the types of degrees we offer, graduation requirements,   the courses we teach, the chemistry and biochemistry research going on in the Department, future job opportunities, and much more.  If you have any additional questions about the Chemistry program, please contact our Department Chair, Dr. Chris Palmer.


High School Preparation

In addition to the general University admission requirements, it is strongly recommended that a student take four years of mathematics, four (or more) years of science (earth and space science, biology, chemistry, and physics), for years of a foreign language, and four years of English. 

Degree Options

Bachelor of Science (American Chemical Society Certified)  The courses required for the B.S. degree provide a solid education in chemistry for the professional chemist and in preparation for graduate work in most areas of chemistry.  These requirements meet the latest certification standards of the American Chemical Society. If you choose to pursue a B.S. in chemistry, you may also select specialized options in Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, and Pharmacology.

Bachelor of Arts  The courses required for the B.A. degree provide a less extensive training in chemistry than do the courses required for the ACS certified B.S. degree.  This allows the student to supplement his or her program with courses that meet his or her specific needs.  Thus this degree provides the core of traditional preparation in chemistry together with latitude for combination in an interdisciplinary field or in the Teacher Preparation program.  It is strongly advised that students using this degree obtain faculty advice in planning their program.

Minor in Chemistry Students may choose to supplement their chosen degrees with a minor in chemistry. 

In addition to degrees in chemistry, undergraduate B.A. and B.S. degrees in Biochemistry are offered through the Biochemistry Program, a joint program between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Division of Biological Sciences.

Please see the department's page at The University of Montana's online course catalog for degree requirements and suggested course of study.

Teacher Preparation in Chemistry

Major Teaching Field of Chemistry For an endorsement in the major teaching field of Chemistry, a student must complete the requirements for the B.A. degree with a major in Chemistry and gain admission to the Teacher Education Program (usually at the end of the student's sophomore year) in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Minor Teaching Field of Chemistry For an endorsement in the minor teaching field of Chemistry, a student must complete the requirements for a minor in chemistry and gain admission to the Teacher Education Program in addition to completing the requirements for their chosen major.

Please visit the Department of Curriculum and Instruction's page in the online course catalog for degree requirements and a suggested course of study.  Also visit their Undergraduate Programs page for more information about available teacher education programs.



ACS option and new student advising Edward Rosenberg edward.rosenberg@mso.umt.edu
Environmental chemistry option Michael DeGrandpre michael.degrandpre@umontana.edu
Forensic chemistry option Chris Palmer christopher.palmer@umontana.edu
Pharmacology option Nigel Priestly nigel.priestley@umontana.edu


Return to top