Earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from University of Jamestown is a great way to launch a career in medicine, industry, environmental science, and more. We invite you to join our dynamic team of teachers and learners in an exciting journey to realize your potential and fulfill your promise.

Chemistry or Biochemistry?

Depending on your interests and goals, you may elect one of two possible chemistry majors.

  • For a career in industry or government, or for continuing studies in graduate school, you should elect the chemistry major.
  • If your interest is biology and chemistry, biochemistry, or a medical related profession, you may choose the biochemistry major.

University of Jamestown Chemistry Distinctions

University of Jamestown offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. As a chemistry major at University of Jamestown, you will benefit from:

  • small class sizes
  • personal attention from faculty invested in the success of their students
  • rigorous, interesting classes in an informal setting
  • summer internships
  • research projects

Proven Success

University of Jamestown graduates in chemistry and biochemistry have a high rate of acceptance into graduate and professional schools.

Chemistry and biochemistry majors are eligible for the Melvin R. Arnold Scholarship.

Chemistry Factsheet

Specific coursework for this major is outlined can be Viewed Here or downloaded here.

Our Academic Catalogs provide information on policies and procedures, the admissions process, programs of study, and degree requirements.

As course offerings can change from semester to semester, working with the Registrar’s office will ensure that your courses are kept on schedule so that you can graduate in four years.

Carl Steffan, PhDProfessor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Iowa State University

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Certifications/Degrees: PhD, University of California, Davis

  • University of Jamestown
    Chemistry Department
    6001 College Lane
    Jamestown, ND 58405

  • Carl Steffan, PhD Professor

    steffan@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5485

The Melvin R. Arnold Science and Mathematics Scholarship is valued at $1,500 in the first year, $2,000 in the sophomore year, $2,500 in the junior year, and $3,000 in the senior year (this scholarship is in addition to any other academic scholarships with the total award not to exceed full tuition).

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Major in either biochemistry, chemistry or
  • Minor in chemistry along with a major in biology, mathematics, or science secondary education
  • Minimum Grade Point Average of 3.5 (on 4.0 scale), ACT Math/Science Reasoning scores of 24 or SAT Math score of 560 or better
  • Student must have completed or be in the process of completing one course in high school college preparatory chemistry with a “B” grade or better.
  • Student must have completed or be in the process of completing pre-calculus (or equivalent math preparation) in high school with overall “B” grades in math.
  • High school courses and grades will be verified by the Committee after review of the final transcript to determine the final disposition of the award.


Renewability Requirements:

  • Scholarship renewability will be reviewed by the Melvin R. Arnold Scholarship Committee following the end of each semester.
  • Mel Arnold Scholars must be making “satisfactory progress” towards a chemistry degree or an appropriate major in combination with a chemistry minor
  • Mel Arnold Scholars majoring or minoring in chemistry are required to complete General Chemistry I & II in the freshmen year, Organic Chemistry I and II in the sophomore year, and one elective chemistry course in the junior year.


If you have any questions, please contact the admission office at 1-800-336-2554 or email admissions@uj.edu.

The Legacy of Melvin R. Arnold at Jamestown College

Melvin R. Arnold, formerly of Ambrose, ND, graduated from The University of Jamestown (formerly Jamestown College) in 1938 with a major in chemistry. His life work was in chemicals and catalytic processes, and he retired after a career as an international consultant in catalysts and synthetic fuels. At the time of his death on November 11, 1993, he and his wife, LeVerna, were residing in Brownsville, Texas.

During his lifetime and through his estate, Mr. Arnold was a significant donor to University of Jamestown, amassing

a cumulative giving record of more than $1.2 million. He established an annual chemistry scholarship in 1982, and through his estate, established the Melvin R. Arnold Chemistry Scholarship program for new freshmen with the first awards taking place in the 1997-98 school year.

Mr. Arnold expressed a great deal of pride in all University of Jamestown students. It is with this same sense of pride that his name and life's work will be memorialized as part of the University of Jamestown legacy.

We thank you for your interest in the Melvin R. Arnold scholarship, and we wish you much success in your collegiate academic career.