The University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers undergraduate programs leading to an American Chemical Society-approved B.S. degree in Chemistry. The curriculum of the chemistry degree offers four program options — chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry and forensic chemistry. The Department has strong graduate programs of study leading to Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Chemistry and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry and Neuroscience as well as M.A. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry including concentrations in the above focal areas of the Ph.D. programs. Faculty members within the department are associated with the Institute of Arctic Biology, the Geophysical Institute, the International Arctic Research Center and the College of Rural and Community Development. The department is centrally housed in a modern building that opened in 1995 and contains laboratories, classrooms, and offices.

Paul Tschida, recent Departmental Outstanding Chemistry Student and recipient of the 2013 Joel Wiegert Award for the outstanding senior male, explains his undergraduate research to fellow undergraduate student Terilyn Lawson. Photo by Mist D'June-Gussak.
Paul Tschida, a  recipient of the department's Outstanding Chemistry Student award and the 2013 Joel Wiegert Award for the outstanding UAF senior male, explains his undergraduate research to a fellow student. Currently (2019), Paul teaches chemistry at Tustin High School near Irvine CA.  Photo by Mist D'June-Gussak.

2020 Environmental Chemistry Symposium

Our 6th annual Environmental Chemistry Symposium was cancelled to the COVID-19 epidemic. 

Please review our 5th annual symposium held on  April 20th, 2019.   It was a great day of student presentations and discussions including the career panel, where professionals in the Environmental Chemistry field, answered student questions. Read all about it:

Departmental Mission

Students in 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. The faculty proactively engage students in hypothesis-driven and evidence-based research with an emphasis in biochemistry, neuroscience and environmental chemistry.