The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers numerous opportunities for research in these two fields. Interdisciplinary programs and research opportunities exist in the areas of:

Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

Administered by Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

An interdisciplinary certificate program is available to Chemistry graduate students interested in a minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences & Chemistry. 

For research opportunities in atmospheric chemistry and air quality at CU, go to: Jimenez Research Group.

Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Joint with the CU Health Sciences Center

The Center for Phramaceutical Biotechnology is a interdisciplinary center conducting research on new advances in biotechnology and pharmaceutical sciences. Partners and supporters of the Center, which has research in analytical chemistry, drug delivery, e.g., microparticle and nanoparticle synthesis and coating, drug stability, and molecular biology, include Alza, Amgen, Baxter, Bayer, Biogen, Eli Lilly, Genentech, Merck, Novo Nordisk, RxKinetix, and Zymogenetics.

For more information, please visit: NIH Leadership Training in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Program

Certificate Program in IQ Biology

Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology - Bioscience with an Altitude

We also participate in the Biofrontiers Institute’s Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology (IQ Biology) program, which offers a two-year fellowship, a diverse interdisciplinary experience, and a certificate upon completion of your PhD.

Join us for the weekly Idea Exhange, Tuesdays every week from 12-1 PM in JSCBB A226. This is a great and informal opportunity to meet with interdisciplinary faculty and students to discuss research.

Certificate Program on Science and Technology Policy

Administered by the CU Center for Science and Technology Policy Research

An interdisciplinary program on the broad societal context for science and technology as well as an introduction to methodologies of policy analysis that are used in decision settings related to science and technology.

Chemical Physics

An interdisciplinary degree program that offers opportunities for research in the areas of nanotechnology, atmospheric and environmental chemistry, Bose-Einstein condensation, laser spectroscopy, surface and materials research, state-resolved dynamics, and ultra-fast processes. Students must be accepted to either the Physics Department or the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department.

Graduate Teacher Program 

This is a division of the Graduate School. Our vision is to serve as an exceptional graduate and professional student development program.

Twofold Mission: to create excellent learning experiences for undergraduates by training graduate student teachers and supporting departments; and to prepare graduate students so they may thrive in higher education or the private sector as professionals once they graduate.

They will work with graduate students from all departments in all schools and colleges on the Boulder campus. They offer comprehensive college teacher training, support research skill development, and provide academic and nonacademic career preparation opportunities through conferences, workshops, and individual consultation.

They encourage graduate students to take their current teaching, research, and service responsibilities seriously and to view their experiences on the Boulder campus as preparation for academic or nonacademic careers.

Molecular Biophysics Program

Molecular Biophysics at the University of Colorado is a collaborative effort involving students, postdocs and faculty from five departments on the Boulder campus. Participants share a common interest in biological systems, and seek to understand these systems in terms of physical and chemical principles.

Neuroscience Program

The Neuroscience Community at the University of Colorado at Boulder is made up of over 80 faculty and research associates rostered in 13 departments and institutes. Neuroscience activities on the campus are coordinated by the Center for Neuroscience. The University of Colorado at Boulder offers a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, as well as graduate and undergraduate Certificates in Neuroscience that can be combined with a variety of majors.

The Optical Science & Engineering Program

An interdisciplinary program in optical science and photonics engineering related research that crosses several academic departments

Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

The Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (PAOS) is an interdisciplinary program that provides an educational and research environment to examine the dynamical, physical, and chemical processes that occur in the atmosphere and the ocean. A major theme is the establishment of a physical basis for understanding, observing, and modeling climate and global change. This is an interdisciplinary certificate program requiring approval by the Certificate Committee of the proposed course selection and then completion with a grade of B or better a total of four courses from the approved list of courses.

The Signal Transduction and Cell Cycle Regulation Predoctoral Training Program

An interdisciplinary program offering specialized training in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and biomolecular mass spectrometry as applied to cell regulation. Students must be accepted to Chemistry & Biochemistry Department or Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology Department.

Thin Films Research

Research that is focused on studying the growth, properties and applications of inorganic, organic and molecular thin films. A number of groups in both the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and the Department of Chemical Engineering are involved.