Chemists and biochemists perform experiments, analyze and evaluate their results in a variety of areas. A few examples:
Through formal coursework in multiple science disciplines and in mathematics, and through their participation in chemical and biochemical research, students who choose this major will learn the problem solving and critical thinking skills that prepare them for advanced degrees and professional training, and open the door to a broad range of careers.
During your first two years, you will take foundation courses in general and organic chemistry, physics and mathematics; these courses are offered on the Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Park campus. During your junior and senior year, you will take advanced, more specialized chemistry courses such as analytical, physical, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry; these courses are offered on the Hattiesburg campus.
Students choosing the biochemistry emphasis also take courses in biological sciences. A unique aspect of our undergraduate program: You will “do” chemistry and biochemistry by joining a faculty member’s research group and conducting your own research project in an area that interests you and gain hands-on experience in the operation of state-of-the art major equipment.
There are three Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees available with this major, including one certified by the American Chemical Society.
This curriculum leads to a degree that is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The curriculum includes courses in all areas of chemistry and prepares the student for a variety of careers in industry, academia or government; or for graduate study.
This curriculum is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and includes the option of seeking ASBMB degree certification.
This is a popular track for students wanting to enter professional programs (medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, optometry, etc.) but also prepares the student for a variety of careers (e.g. in industry, academia or government) and for an advanced degree (M.S., Ph.D.).
This curriculum is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and allows the student to obtain Mississippi Department of Education secondary teaching licensure to teach chemistry, physical science and general science at the K-12 level (kindergarten through high school).
Since 2010, 28% of our graduates were accepted to graduate programs; 27% to professional schools (medical, pharmacy, dental, veterinary, optometry, etc.); 15% to medical school; 15% accepted jobs in industry, academia, government, etc.; and 10% began careers as high school chemistry teachers.
Nina Bell Suggs Professor, Biochemistry
Courses: Teaches junior/senior and graduate level biochemistry courses
Expertise: Research centers on understanding plant oil metabolism and the genetic engineering of plants to increase oil yields for sustainable biofuel production, and to improve plant oil compositions for the nutritional and chemical industries.
Nina Bell Suggs Professor, Physical Chemistry
Courses: Teaches junior/senior level physical chemistry courses
Expertise: Research focuses on the reaction kinetics and surface chemistry of organic electronic materials.
Courses: Teaches general and organic chemistry on the Gulf Park campus.
Expertise: Interested in helping all students find pathways to success utilizing a variety of active learning styles
Courses: Teaches general chemistry on the Hattiesburg campus
Expertise: Interested in fostering student engagement and active learning
Courses: Teaches freshman and sophomore laboratory courses
Expertise: Interested in seeing students apply lecture material to real situations
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.