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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Learn more about major/minor requirements and courses in the College Catalog

Chemistry, often defined as the "central science," prepares a student for success in many science related occupations. A career in chemistry will provide you with the opportunity to contribute in many areas such as medicine, the environment, manufacturing, polymers, safety and law enforcement. Students can enter the teaching profession or industry directly or pursue additional study for advanced degrees in chemistry, biochemistry or one of the health professions (Medical, Dental School, etc.).

Most chemists are involved in either research and development, production or teaching. The number one employer of chemists in the chemical industry with 60% of the chemistry graduates. Almost 24% of chemistry graduates teach at either the high school or college level. Federal, state and local government agencies hire almost 10% of the chemistry graduates for work in areas such as medical, forensic, biochemical and environmental studies.

The Millsaps Reputation

Normally 70 to 75 percent of Millsaps graduates with B.S. degrees in biology and chemistry enroll in graduate or professional school upon completion of their baccalaureate studies. The percentage increases to more than 80 percent within two years of graduation.

For the past 10 years, 80 percent of the Millsaps students applying to medical school have been accepted. Currently students are enrolled at Johns Hopkins, Emory, Vanderbilt, Tulane, University of Virginia, University of Tennessee, University of Alabama and University of Mississippi medical schools.

As with all Millsaps graduates, those receiving a degree in the sciences must complete both and oral and written comprehensive examination. On tests where there is a national norm, Millsaps graduates have traditionally performed in the upper one-third of all science graduates.

Millsaps was chosen as one of the first of a select group of colleges to receive a major $600,000 grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Lab Research

The W.M. Keck Center for Instrumental and Biochemical Comparative Archaeology is a laboratory facility, directed by Dr. Timothy Ward, devoted to the interdisciplinary, scientific study of past human behavior and the education of undergraduate students in advanced archaeometric and biochemical research methods.

An ACS Accredited Department of Chemistry