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Research at the University of Oregon is designed to keep student researchers at the forefront of chemical science. Our programs in the traditional areas of biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry lay the foundation for new discoveries in materials science, molecular biology, optics, and theoretical chemistry. Though our department is medium in size, we are a leading innovator in chemistry.

A unique strength of our program is its interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching. Chemical scientists may be interested in the Institute of Molecular Biology, the Institute for Fundamental Science, the Materials Science Institute, the Oregon Center for Optical, Molecular, and Quantum Science (OMQ), and the programs in cell biology and in molecular synthesis, structure, and dynamics.


The graduate program in chemistry focuses on the Ph.D. degree.

Master’s Degree and Special Programs – In addition to our Ph.D. program, we offer a traditional master’s as well as an internship-based masters program. The Master’s Industrial Internship Program includes coursework, professional development and a 9-month paid internship. The internship salary helps offset the cost of tuition for students in the Master’s Industrial Internship Program; the traditional master’s program does not include financial support.