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Undergraduate Students

When you understand chemistry, you begin to understand the extraordinary nature of the world down to its most basic particles. Chemistry is the science of the materials we use, the medicine we take, the environment we live in and the food we eat. Our department gives students the opportunity to learn skills that will lead to tomorrow’s discoveries. Through in-depth instruction, hands-on research and independent projects conducted with award-winning faculty, chemistry students learn to question, experiment and innovate. 

Students with an undergraduate chemistry degree pursue a variety of careers. Our graduates have successfully found jobs in industries like pharmacy, manufacturing, government and public service. and in government facilities. Basically, any career that benefits from a solid science background is an option. Many students go on to medical school or pharmacy school, and others earn graduate degrees in other STEM fields as well as journalism, law, public service and manufacturing. The department offers a Bennett Careers for Chemists program every April to provide students with the perspective and advice of professionals in several careers.

The Department provides strong interaction between the faculty and the chemistry majors. Students are encouraged to take Chemistry Research (CHEM 497) as part of their coursework to further develop connections with faculty. In this course, you work in a research lab with close supervision of a faculty supervisor, and possibly a postdoctoral associate or graduate student. The undergraduate research experience is especially advantageous for students planning to apply to medical or pharmacy schools as well as to chemistry graduate programs.

The ACS Student Affiliates offers close ties with other chemistry and science undergraduates and several group activities, such as the Chemistry Learning Center and magic shows for area schools. The Chemistry Learning Center is staffed with tutors who are members of the ACS Student Affiliates.

How will I focus my studies?

Students can earn either a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts in chemistry. Both degrees offer many opportunities to conduct research. Either degree provides great preparation for professional schools, including medicine and dentistry. Intentionally selected electives can even prepare students for careers in law, journalism, business and more.

Students in the bachelor of science are afforded opportunities to expand their knowledge in additional scientific fields. Students in the bachelor of arts enjoy greater flexibility to pursue a wide range of interests.