General Information

Click here to declare a Chemistry major or minor!

For more information about becoming a Chemistry major, contact department chair Bill Feighery

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at IU South Bend offers several undergraduate degrees including:

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (certified by the American Chemical Society)

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (meets criteria of American Society of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists)

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

Minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry


Graduates of Indiana University South Bend with degrees in chemistry or biochemistry pursue advanced studies in medical school, dental school, pharmacy and pharmacology programs, or graduate programs in various fields of chemistry and biochemistry. Other graduates immediately start rewarding careers in industry, such as working in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, perfume industry, food technology, adhesives, steel and lubricant industries, medical and agricultural diagnostics, instrumentation development, as well as pharmaceutical sales and textbook support.


The department houses a variety of instruments for chemical and biochemical analysis and research, including instruments for gas chromatography (GC), GC-Mass spectroscopy (GC-MS), high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), micro plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (MP-AES), raman spectroscopy, surface plasma resonance retractomery, cyclic voltammetry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (FT-NMR), 1H, 13C, 19F and broad band probe, fluorescence spectroscopy, magnetic susceptibility and various types of uv/vis spectroscopy, microplate reader, and gel electrophoresis equipment. Computational resources in the department include HyperChem, HyperChem Lite, and Gaussian computational software.

Research opportunities

Students are encouraged to become involved in research projects, both at IU South Bend and at other research institutions. The chemistry faculty have ongoing research programs that include undergraduate science majors. Many of the students involved in research present their findings at local and national professional meetings, including that National Conference of Undergraduate Research, and meetings of the American Chemical Society. Students are encouraged to work with their research advisor to write a grant proposal for funding from SMART. Summer research fellowships are also available from SMART. To inquire about research opportunities, contact one or more of the chemistry faculty.

Chairperson, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Gretchen L. Anderson
041 Northside Hall
South Bend, IN 46634-7111

Secretary, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Jennie Downs
137 Northside Hall
South Bend, IN 46634-7111