Prospective Students

Welcome! We are excited to identify the next group of students who will be a part of our community.

Graduate students are the core of our department, and the scientists who are creating new chemistry on a daily basis. Our graduate students bring new ideas and perspectives to our department.

With dedication to education, research, scholarship and creative endeavors, the North Dakota State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry creates and disseminates new knowledge in the molecular sciences for the betterment of the campus, the community and society.

We would like to share our excitement for chemistry/biochemistry research at NDSU. NDSU has been designated as “R1 Very High Research Activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This is the highest classification possible and is presented to only the top research institutions in the country. With 137 institutions were designated with the R1 status in 2021, only three universities in the six-state upper Midwest region of the country were designated as R1: the University of Minnesota, North Dakota State University and Montana State University.

M.S. and Ph.D. Programs

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers programs leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in either Chemistry or Biochemistry.

Programs of study are individually tailored to the needs of each student. Research programs encompass a broad range of molecular sciences. Many faculty have interdisciplinary research programs which either blend together the traditional divisions chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, or combine one of these divisions with those of physics, engineering, or materials.

Faculty Research Interests 

We are looking forward to reading your applications for our program. Each application is evaluated by OUR Graduate Admission Committee consisting of a team of chemistry and biochemistry faculty members. We are looking for curious, engaged, and motivated students who will contribute to the forefront of scientific discovery. In reviewing applications we apply a holistic approach emphasizing research experience, a basic knowledge in the chemical /biochemical sciences, and the ability to thrive as part of a interdisciplinary scientific community. We pay close attention to your scientific perspective you share in your statement of purpose, insight into your research experience we glean from letters of recommendation, and your academic coursework.

Best regards,

Chemistry Graduate Admissions Chair 

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