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Molecular Science as the new chemistry and biochemistry

These are exciting times, traditional science is evolving and changing. Chemists and biochemists are increasingly involved in work that is directed towards solving real-world problems, such as in energy, sustainability and human health. Making advances in these areas requires a deep understanding of fundamental molecular science, but also requires learning how to work on projects that cross traditional boundaries, and how to work effectively in teams.

Molecular Sciences is a new discipline that not only provides students with a solid training in basic molecular principles, but also the broader skills and experiences they need to become problem solvers. Degrees from the School of Molecular Sciences open the door to a wide variety of careers. Our students learn in a use-inspired environment, and receive training that will be relevant going into the next century.

Career Opportunities for Undergraduates
Research Chemist/Biochemist
Pharmaceutical Scientist
Doctor, Dentist, Nurse
K-12 Science Teacher
College Professor
Forensic Scientist
Water Resource Scientist
Atmospheric and Space Scientist
Patent Lawyer
Science Policy Maker
Scientific Writer and Salesperson


Our Societal Impact

A major research goal of the School of Molecular Sciences is to develop molecular level solutions to major real-world societal problems, in areas such as energy, sustainability, diagnosis of disease, sensing and detection and the environment. Here are some of our major research areas.

Highly Cited Research

Research in the Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University has a strong reputation of publishing research that is highly visible and impactful. A study in Science Watch ranked ASU sixth worldwide in citation impact (citations per published research paper). Thomson Reuters scored publication and citation statistics to tabulate the high-ranking institutions in chemistry. With an average citation per paper of 31.81, ASU ranked 6th, ahead of MIT, the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford.

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Molecular Sciences by the Numbers


ranking worldwide in high-impact journal citations


ranking in number of graduating chemistry and biochemistry majors


ranking in publications in the journals Science and Nature

Learn from the Best

The School of Molecular Science's internationally recognized faculty are teacher/scholars who are helping to make traditional chemistry and biochemistry relevant the new post-disciplinary scientific world. Working with our faculty you can learn about the molecular basis of disease detection and prevention, how to design molecular devices that transform light energy into biochemical energy, and how a sustainable society depends upon sustainable molecular design. Let our faculty teach you how to tackle the important societal challenges of today from a molecular perspective.

All Graduate Students Fully Supported

All students accepted in the PhD programs in the School of Molecular Sciences are guaranteed financial support, tuition and health care benefits by means of a Graduate Assistant position. Research assistantships usually come from faculty grants, although some departmental and college research assistantships are also available on a competitive basis. In addition to financial support, graduate students benefit from the extensive state-of-the-art research resources expected for the largest Research I University in the US, and the intellectual and institutional support to enable a successful independent scientific career.

Advanced Technologies and State-of-the-art Facilities

ASU in the largest Research I University in the US, consequently, students have access to world class facilities. Research is localized on the Tempe campus that houses all of the research instrumentation and skills that students need to complete their research. For example, students have access to the best collection of electron microscopes and instruments for solid state analysis in the US, to one of the major high field NMR facilities in the Southwest and to one of the best ultrafast laser facilities in the world.