About the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Students in the The UAF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry engage in rigorous, culturally relevant, and American Chemical Society approved curricula and pursue cutting-edge discoveries in the high latitude chemical sciences with the support of faculty who are dedicated to research and teaching excellence.
We offer undergraduate degrees in either Chemistry with three different optional concentrations.
- B.A. in Chemistry
- B.A. in Chemistry with Forensic Chemistry Concentration
- B.S. in Chemistry, ACS Certified
- B.S. in Chemistry with Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Concentration, extra coursework required for ACS Certification
- B.S. Chemisry with Environmental Chemistry Concentration, extra coursework required for ACS Certification
The department is centrally housed in the Reichardt building that opened in 1995 and contains laboratories, classrooms, and offices. We have 13 faculty members (tenured and tenure-track) and three full-time staff. Many faculty members within the department have joint appointments with the Institute of Arctic Biology, the Geophysical Institute, the International Arctic Research Center and the College of Rural and Community Development. Typically, 85 undergraduate students are pursuing degrees in Chemistry. Approximately 40 graduate students are pursuing M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.
William (Bill) Simpson, Department Chair
Our Annual Newsletter
The AlasChemist is our annual newsletter that contains a wealth of knowledge regarding our department's teaching, research, and service activities and results. Please have a look at the AlasChemist and learn more about us.