Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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  • I Am Sciences: Sean Tanzey

    This music lover and self-proclaimed science nerd jumped at the chance to study in-depth biochemical reactions and pathways that are responsible for medical diseases and methods of infection. This will assist in his ultimate goal of being part of a research team that participates in drug design and running clinical trials on potential pharmaceuticals.

  • College of Sciences Video

    The College of Sciences has created a video to highlight some of its great students and research, and to help show what makes the College so special.

  • Science in Motion: David Hatchett

    His research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of polymer/metal composite materials as well as electrochemistry in purely ionic liquid systems. The department chair and an avid fisherman, Hatchett encourages students to set goals and work toward achieving them.

  • The Platinum Treatment

    UNLV chemistry Bryan Spangelo and his team of researchers patent a chemotherapy compound that uses a heavy metal derivative to improve cancer treatment.

  • Abel-Santos Team Receives $3.25 Million Grant from NIH

    UNLV chemistry professor Ernesto Abel-Santos and his team have received a five-year, $3.25 million award from the National Institutes of Health to develop a more potent and stable drug to prevent Clostridium difficile, or C. difficile.


Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry! The science of chemistry deals with the composition, analysis, structure, and properties of matter and the various transformations matter may undergo. The department’s curriculum meets the needs of students intending to enter the workforce or pursue advanced training in the sciences, medicine, and other professional and technical fields.