Chemistry & Biochemistry at EOU | Programs in Chemistry & Biochemistry

Chemistry-Biochemistry

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The EOU department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is dedicated to providing high-quality undergraduate education in a supportive learning environment. Our programs offer small class sizes and one-on-one interaction with faculty, allowing students to maximize their learning experience.

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Chemistry students excel

Members of award-winning Chemistry Club accepted into competitive Ph.D. programs, others prepare to begin summer research.

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Student Members of the ACS

The EOU Student Member Chapter of the American Chemical Society is one of the most active clubs on the university campus. The club participates in many activities, including outreach to the community, professional engagements, service to the university, and fundraising.

Community Outreach

In an effort to attract young people to science in rural Eastern Oregon, the chemistry club hosts annual magic shows for grade school and middle school students. These shows are a great source of entertainment and education for students, and allow them to experience the “explosive” side of chemistry! Many members of the chemistry club and chemistry department also participated in Girls in Science, a day-long event that brings over 100 girls, sixth to eighth grade, to solve a scientific mystery. In addition, the club has also volunteered with the annual EOU Robotics Competition and Boy Scouts of America.

National ACS Meetings

Through many different fundraising activities, the chemistry club raises money to send members to National American Chemical Society (ACS) meetings. At national meetings, students present research posters at undergraduate sessions, and are also able to attend various workshops and lectures pertaining to new research in chemistry. Students also have the opportunity to learn about graduate school and job opportunities in the great field of chemistry.

Read more about our recent trip to the ACS National meeting in New Orleans

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Degree Programs

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The Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments are housed in Badgley Hall, the newest addition to the EOU campus. This state-of-the-art science center provides classrooms and laboratories for biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, physics, and psychology programs. Badgley Hall maintains a full-time support-staff consisting of an office specialist, instrument technician, and stockroom manager.

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments offer an extensive collection of chemical instrumentation. Major research equipment includes:

  • JEOL AS400 400 MHz NMR spectrometer
  • Applied Photophysics SX.18MV-R stopped-flow dual mixing spectrophotometer (dead time ~1ms) with photomultiplier and diode array detection units, housed within an anaerobic glove box
  • Two Cary 50 UV/vis spectrophotometers (both with thermostatted cell holders for kinetic studies)
  • Nicolet Avatar 360 Fourier-transform infrared spectrophotometer
  • Varian Saturn 2200 mass spectrometer with a GP 3800 gas chromatograph and Tekmar purge and trap sampler
  • Varian GP 3380 gas chromatograph
  • Beckman DNA sequencer
  • AKTA UPC-10 protein chromatography system
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“I felt prepared for medical school with the good foundation EOU gave me. The science faculty are so much more teaching oriented and accessible. I loved that it was a small campus and I also came out with a lot less debt.”

– Shakira Bandolin, MD
EOU class of 2009 (Biochemistry Major)
2014 National Outstanding Medical Student Award Recipient

Find a Career

There are many career paths and opportunities opened to you with a degree in Chemistry-Biochemistry from Eastern Oregon University. Read about recent graduate Shakira Bandolin's ongoing success in her field. Read more.

Research Opportunities

For many students and faculty, summer means time for a break. For EOU’s science department it’s an opportunity to accomplish some major research. Read more.


Here at EOU, student participation is one of our top priorities. We encourage community involvement and promote hands-on learning through undergraduate research, which is an integral part of our curriculum. Students receive comprehensive instruction on an extensive collection of chemical instrumentation, and are able to choose from a diverse range of courses. Many different learning opportunities are also available, including local and regional internships, which allow students to gain experience in a professional work setting.

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a B.S. degree in Chemistry-Biochemistry with pathways for both Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as minors in Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry.

For more information please visit our Degree Programs page.


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