Course Descriptions and Requirements

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As one of the few ACS-approved chemistry departments in the Midwest, Augustana's Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry prepares you for careers in chemistry or biochemistry by giving you a full hands-on learning experience in the classroom. 

Course descriptions are available in the Undergraduate Catalog, and degree requirements can be found by clicking the links below.


Biochemistry: Students graduating with a biochemistry major will have the ability to communicate in a variety of scientific ‘languages’ and position themselves at the forefront of integrative scientific discovery.  Biochemistry offers an interdisciplinary degree for those students hoping to pursue studies across the fields of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. In addition, a biochemistry major allows students greater freedom to explore a wide array of courses and areas within the liberal arts curriculum, as well as providing opportunity to further explore additional courses of interest within the sciences.


Chemistry: Chemists are the people who transform the everyday materials around us into amazing things. Some chemists work on cures for cancer while others monitor the ozone protecting us from the sun. Still others discover new materials to make our homes warmer in the winter, or new textiles to be used in the latest fashions. The knowledge gained through the study of chemistry opens many diverse career pathways.


Chemical Physics: This interdisciplinary major prepares students to examine problems at the interface of physics and chemistry. Professionals with training in chemical physics work in diverse fields such as chemical engineering, nanotechnology, physical chemistry, or materials science - fields which require an understanding of a broad range of chemical systems ranging from atomic collisions to complex materials.


Other Curricular Features:

  • Dual Degree Program in Engineering: Students attend Augustana for 3 or 4 years and then complete the program with 2 years at an engineering school. This enables the student to combine the advantages of a broad-based liberal arts education with their technical education. Students earn a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the engineering school. Cooperative plans are in place with Columbia University (New York) and Washington University (St. Louis). Students in the program are guaranteed admission to the engineering school when recommended by Augustana. The areas of engineering available include Aerospace, Bio-based Product, Biomedical, Biosystem and Agriculture, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Geological, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Materials Science, Mechanical, and Systems Science. This program provides exceptionally strong career opportunities. The dual degree coordinator on campus helps students select the proper courses to take depending upon which engineering school and which program they wish to enter.
  • The Trustee’s Fellowship in Chemistry & Biochemistry: Created by former professor Dr. Gary Earl, this is an Honors program for entering freshmen. Chemistry and biochemistry majors participate in a value-added, one-credit course that covers the philosophy and nature of chemistry, examines a variety of career paths, and provides students with an introductory professional development. Students also participate as junior laboratory assistants in the spring semester. Students who meet the requirements for the Fellowship are strongly encouraged to apply for research funding during the summer after their freshman year.