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Welcome to Department of Chemistry & Physics

The Department of Chemistry prepares biochemistry and chemistry majors for graduate study in chemistry, related professional programs; educates science majors in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry; and provides courses in natural science to satisfy the laboratory-science requirement in the educational core common to all High Point University degrees.

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Both of the degrees offered in Chemistry (B.A & B.S.) as well as the B.S. degree in Biochemistry have a wealth of internship and experiential learning opportunities in the form of laboratory research. In the last decade, the introduction of undergraduate research in the sophomore year has been vital. Under faculty direction, students have begun original research projects that have been continued for two more years and have generated data resulting in presentations at professional meetings at the regional and national level.

All Chemistry and Biochemistry majors are expected and encouraged to apply for undergraduate research programs or internships. High Point University students have most recently presented research at the National ACS Meeting, SERMACS, and the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium. They have participated in the National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduate Summer internships at NASA Ames Research Center, University of Bristol, UK, and James Madison University, among others.

The Bachelor of Arts Major in Chemistry serves the educational needs of those students who are not interested in attending graduate school in chemistry but who may seek a career in the chemical industry, entry into professional school or secondary school teaching. Also, the major requirements are flexible enough to allow students to pursue their interests in the special disciplines of chemistry or other fields.

The design of the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry has been formed by two cornerstone beliefs. First, we believe that the purpose of a University is to generate new knowledge. Second, we believe that new knowledge in the chemical sciences is only generated in the laboratory through research. Furthermore, exemplars of undergraduate education in chemistry utilize undergraduate research as the vehicle for the preparation of chemistry majors who not only attend highly competitive graduate and professional programs but also are sought by these programs. The expectation is that the majority of graduates with this degree will attend graduate school in the chemical sciences or closely allied fields such as medicine, pharmacy, business and law.

At High Point University, we are excited to now offer the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with the goal of preparing graduates for competitive careers in this burgeoning interdisciplinary domain. The study of biochemistry requires a student to be well-versed in a variety of disciplines, including math, physics, biology, and chemistry. While the curriculum prescribes a demanding level of rigor and breadth, it also affords students the opportunity to tailor their choice of upper-level courses in biology according to their specific interests.