Admission requirements

  • There are no special requirements beyond those for admission to the university.
  • High school students who are considering chemistry as a major should pursue courses in science, especially chemistry, physics and mathematics.


  • UMKC’s curriculum and approach help students develop knowledge beyond basic science and theory.
  • The program provides numerous undergraduate research possibilities as well as links to major companies that offer internships and part-time employment opportunities.
  • Excellent resources are available to chemistry students, including state-of-the-art equipment and one of the nation’s best private science and technology libraries, the Linda Hall Library, which is located adjacent to the UMKC campus.

Fast facts

  • The department has approximately 200 undergraduate students majoring in chemistry, 10 master’s students and 30 interdisciplinary Ph.D. students.
  • Despite small class sizes, the department boasts over 35,000 square feet of space for chemistry teaching and research. At the graduate level, there are 23 research labs and common areas containing major research and teaching instrumentation.
  • A chemistry major pairs perfectly with the prerequisites for dental, medical, law, public health and other professional schools. 
  • UMKC offers two baccalaureate degrees in chemistry: a B.A. and a American Chemical Society-approved B.S. designed for students who want to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or work in laboratory or research positions.


  • All chemistry department faculty members are active scholars who earned Ph.D.s at major universities across the country and abroad.
  • Most are involved in research projects and bring significant grant money to the university, creating a wide range of research opportunities for students in the department.
  • Several have earned awards for outstanding teaching and/or research efforts at the university system and state levels.
  • Three faculty members have been selected as distinguished Curator's Professors for teaching or research.

Student organizations

Some of the most popular student organizations among chemistry majors include:

  • UMKC chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society – members present research at local, state or national conferences.
  • Pre-Dental Society – the UMKC School of Dentistry is eager to pair pre-dental students with dental students and community dentists for shadowing experiences.
  • Pre-Medical Society – area hospitals and free health clinics welcome pre-medical students as volunteers.
  • UMKC Honors Program – select from a wide range of research opportunities and study abroad experiences.


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Contact us

Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
Toll-free: 1-800-775-8652
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY)

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Students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit by visiting or calling 816-235-8652.


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.