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BA/BS in Chemistry


What will I learn?

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry aims to intentionally develop the whole person through deep understanding of the chemical basis of matter and hands-on practical laboratory skills.

We will cultivate in our students the capacities and dispositions for reflective and critical thought, independent lifelong learning, and ethical practices in science, creativity and innovation to create scientific knowledge, as well as foster a mature commitment to social justice, global engagement, and care for sustainable chemical practices.


As empirical sciences, chemistry and biochemistry require extensive laboratory experimentation. Thus, most of Gonzaga’s chemistry and biochemistry courses have both a lecture and laboratory component. Knowledgeable and dedicated faculty teach all courses. The program is built on a strong laboratory curriculum, student centered faculty, high academic standards, and modern equipment for teaching and research.

Department faculty members strongly encourage students to conduct research. Seniors pursuing a B.S. degree complete an extensive undergraduate thesis. Students have full use of the Department’s most advanced equipment, including various spectrometers (nuclear magnetic resonance, mass, infrared, fluorescence, ultraviolet/ visible, inductively-coupled plasma, circular dichroism, and atomic) and gas and liquid chromatographs.


The primary objective of Gonzaga Science Research Program (GSRP) is to expand undergraduate research opportunities. More specifically, the program aims to encourage and assist our faculty members in winning external grants for their research while providing research experiences for our science majors. GSRP pays for faculty and student stipends, as well as research supplies.

Some topics that faculty are currently investigating with students include: • The development of new diagnostic agents for neurodegenerative diseases • Design of chemical sensors and batteries • Supramolecular chemistry and molecular recognition • RNA chemistry and biology • Transcription factor proteins and Parkinson’s disease • Biosynthesis and enzyme mechanisms as targets for new anti-parasitic drugs and novel antibiotics • Electronic structure analysis using computational chemistry


Gonzaga chemistry and biochemistry graduates pursue careers in a wide variety of fields requiring strong backgrounds in science, problem-solving, and analysis.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (128 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$51,266.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2023

Start date

Expected January, May 2024


College of Arts and Sciences

502 East Boone Avenue,



99258, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

For international students

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

iBT / TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: 80+

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5+

PTE (Pearson Test of English) 56+

iTEP Academic Plus 4.5+

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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