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The ACS-certified degree program provides rigorous, in-depth training for majors, better preparing them for graduate studies in chemistry or other advanced fields. The certification verifies that the department of chemistry and biochemistry is staffed by accomplished faculty, supported by a modern infrastructure and maintains a strong, cohesive curriculum.

Featured Courses

Here is a sampling of a few courses that might pique your interest.

CHEM 2310 Quantitative Analysis
Theories and concepts studied include solution equilibria, acid-base theory, oxidation-reduction, complexation and solubility equilibria. Potentiometric and spectroscopic techniques are also introduced in the course.
CHEM 3320 Instrumental Analysis
An introduction to basic design and theory of operation for modern instrumentation. Includes flame spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, fluorescence & phosphorescence, IR, NMR, potentiometry, mass spectrometry and electro-analytical techniques.

15% higherPre-professional Program Acceptance

Over the last ten years, graduates obtaining BS degrees in chemistry or biochemistry were accepted into professional health programs at a rate 15% higher than national average.

85% Medical School Acceptance

An impressive 85% of those applying to medical school were accepted on their first try.

Recipient of a $1.4M Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant

Grant expands our science curriculum to increase the number interest in pre-medical education and deepening scientific training for all students.

Our distinctive strengths

Small class sizes allow for faculty to develop a personal connection with students. Walking in Olin Hall, you will see students in faculty offices asking questions, discussing research, or just chatting about what movie they watched last week. The personal connection our faculty have with students translates in the classroom to teaching strategies that meet our students where they are. In 2018 the faculty redesigned the General Chemistry Laboratory course in order to ensure that a solid foundation of skills was developed that could be built upon in each subsequent lab course to lead to student success. Faculty pursue diverse research interests related to designing new pharmaceuticals, answering ancient archeological questions, and understanding more about the complex protein environment in our bodies. All interested students are able to join a research project as early as their second semester and work closely with a faculty member performing lab experiments, delivering research presentations, and writing scientific publications. Research experiences introduce majors to the scientific community and significantly distinguish students when applying for employment and graduate schools in the chemistry and health fields. Faculty within the Chemistry and Biochemistry program are highly committed to student success both in and outside of the classroom. The small class sizes and the experiential learning opportunities allow faculty to mentor and support students towards their career aspirations.
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Science Community
  • Faculty Availability

Gain hands-on experience

Faculty within the Chemistry and Biochemistry program are highly committed to student success both in and outside of the classroom. The small class sizes and the experiential learning opportunities allow faculty to mentor and support students towards their career aspirations. Opportunities include: Undergraduate Research with a Faculty advisor; Ford Fellowship;Laboratory Assistants; Teaching Internships.


Our curriculum emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking skills essential to any career (and therefore any Pathway), as well as scientific writing and experimentation skills that may be especially critical to students interested in any of our six Pathways tracks.

Study Abroad

All Millsaps students can take advantage of our study aboard classes. Millsaps College is ranked as one of the best study abroad programs in the country! Check out all the opportunities.

More About the Degree

Recent Career Placements

  • Industry
  • Academia
  • Health Community (Hospitals, Private Practice etc.)
  • Government

Postgraduate Study

  • Utah State Case Western Baylor University of Southern Mississippi Columbia University University of Alabama Mississippi State University University of Edinburgh Vanderbilt University
  • University of Mississippi Medial Center
  • Tulane University Medical School
  • Lousiana State University Medical School
  • St. Louis University Medical School
  • William Carey University of Tennessee Medical School
  • University of Florida Medical School
  • University of South Alabama Medical School
  • University of Louisville Medical School
  • Emory Medical School
  • University of Mississippi Medial Center (Dental School)
  • Harvard University Dental School
  • William Carey Pharmacy School
  • Old Dominion University Pharmacy School
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center (Physical Therapy School)

Careers of Recent Graduates

  • Research (Chemistry, Biomedical, Pharmaceutical, etc.)
  • Health related professions (Medical, Dental School, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Public Health)
  • Teaching (High School, College, University)
  • Consulting
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Chemical Industry (Quality Control, Process Monitoring, etc.)
  • Research Administration
  • Patent Law
  • Science Librarian
  • Forensics (Crime Lab)

Related Areas of Study

  • BA in chemistry, American Chemical Society Biochemistry Track
  • BS in chemistry, American Chemical Society Biochemistry Track
  • Environmental Studies
  • Applied Math
  • Self-Designed Major

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