Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Toledo offers both undergraduate and graduate programs for students with a passion for understanding the chemistry of the world around them. These programs include Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in both Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as Master's and Doctoral programs.


In addition to providing a strong education in chemistry and biochemistry, our faculty are committed to setting you up for success in your future educational pursuits and career journey! Chemistry and biochemistry majors establish careers in a variety of settings. Salary information is based on 2022 nationwide median salary data from (pending release).

Materials Scientists


Research Laboratory Manager

Chemists/Medical Chemists

Chemistry and Biochemistry at UToledo:

  • Chemistry majors study the properties, composition and structure of matter - and how matter changes and impacts everyday life. Chemistry is considered a cornerstone of the natural sciences and can lead to a wide range of careers in many different and diverse fields.

  • Biochemistry majors focus on the intersection of the fields of biology and chemistry to study living organisms at the cellular and molecular levels. It is easy to see how biochemistry applies to biological problems such as medicine and understanding diseases, but biochemistry is central to many other fields, as well, including agriculture (fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides), food science (food safety and preservation, and flavor chemistry), cosmetics and forensics (DNA analysis).


  • The research and teaching interests of the dedicated faculty in our department span the entire field of chemistry and biochemistry, from the detection and analysis of trace materials, to the incorporation of environmentally friendly principals into chemical synthesis, to the development of the next generation of drugs and vaccines. The scope of interests range from the smallest materials, molecular structures and nanomaterials, to global concerns about climate change and the impact of chemistry on our environment.

  • The opportunities for training and enrichment go beyond the lecture and laboratory courses. Many students are involved in research projects with faculty members and independent research study is possible. In addition, there are part-time job opportunities on faculty research projects and with our teaching staff in undergraduate laboratories.

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news from the department:

January 2024: Congrats to Chloe Villa and Jonathan Waller, undergraduate students, who have been selected as two of UToledo's campus nominees for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and whose applications will move forward in the 2024 national competition!

November 2023: Congras to Madison Williams (grad student, Gionfriddo Lab), who received the Best Graduate Student Poster Award at ANACHEM 2023 - The Association of Analytical Chemists Symposium held on November 11, 2023, in Livonia, MI.

November 2023: Congrats to doctoral students Uzoamaka Bokolo, Sucheck group, and Prem Gurung, Zhu group, who both received well-deserved poster presentation awards at the 18th Midwest Carbohydrate & Glycobiology Symposium (MCGS) held on October 7, 2023.

November 2023: Congrats to the UToledo Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (UT American Chemical Society - UTSACS) for their achievement in receiving the Honorable Mention Student Chapter Award for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

October 2023: Professor Cora Lind-Kovacs received an additional Grant-in-Aid installment from The International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) for her proposal ‘Temperature Dependent Lattice Constants of Negative Thermal Expansion Materials’. She was awarded $5,040 for the generation of 18 new, experimental powder patterns to be included in the ICDD-PDF (Power Diffraction File) database!

September 2023: Abigail Olomukoro, Ph.D. candidate, along with other students, realized the establishment of a student chapter of the NOBCChE - National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers at UToledo. Abigail officially received the charter for the chapter during the NoBCChE 50th National Conference and Anniversary Gala held in New Orleans, LA, Sept. 11-14, 2023!


MEET Chloe McLeod

Fall '23, B.S. in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Fall 2023 Departmental Outstanding Graduating Student

"Looking back on my time at UToledo, I am extremely grateful for and proud of everything I have been able to achieve. I have had many exciting experiences in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, such as sharing my research in both posters and oral presentations, travelling to a national conference, and receiving awards from the American Chemical Society."

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Last Updated: 7/15/24