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Could snails replace opioids? Can climate change really be tackled? Why do cats go crazy for catnip? Find all these answers and more with a chemistry degree

Whether it’s the food you consume or the LED screen you’re reading this on, chemistry is a constant force in everyday life. The more we understand about chemistry, the better-prepared we’ll be to solve pressing issues such as climate change and disease. Including such paths as biochemistry and forensics, career options are plentiful for anyone who possesses a degree in chemistry. Luckily for you, the Department of Chemistry at MSU Denver offers several degrees that encompass any career path you’d want to pursue.   

The Department of Chemistry faculty members are experts in all fields of chemistry, devoted to educating science and nonscience majors in their areas of expertise. A degree in chemistry will prepare you for a science-specific career in medicine, criminal justice, education and much more. Our curriculum is rigorous, encompassing the scientific spectrum in relating chemistry with biology, math and physics to develop you into an expert by the time you graduate.

Should you choose to pursue a graduate degree, an undergraduate degree in chemistry from MSU Denver will have you well-prepared for your continued education. We are approved by the American Chemical Society to provide a certified degree option, meaning you have been assessed in all the major disciplines of chemistry and have proper training with the instrumentation and techniques needed for a modern chemist.  

With a degree in chemistry, your education starts with our classes but doesn't end there. Our professors have the desire for educating as well as learning, continuing their research alongside the students enrolled in their classes. So join us in the challenging learning environment we love. We hope to read about your future discoveries in your forthcoming field of expertise. 

Chemistry at MSU Denver

She holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Kansas State University. She is currently researching the use of the red flour beetle (tribolium castaneum) as a model system; her past research has focused on insect immunity. Her specialties include Biochemistry, General Chemistry and Nutrition.

Emily Ragan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Career Prospects

A degree in Chemistry provides you with prolific career options. Check with Career Services to see if your path aligns with what our undergraduate degrees offer.

She believes that anyone can read a textbook and understand facts, but that scientists assimilate information to identify gaps in knowledge, develop methods to test hypotheses and make sense of experimental results. Therefore, her mission as an educator is to guide students to become scientists.

Megan Filbin-Wong

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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