Harvey Mudd chemistry graduates go on to careers in:
- Chemical engineering
- Materials science
- Environmental engineering
- Molecular biology
- Plant physiology
They go to graduate school, medical, dental, law and business school, or go directly to work. Our graduates run wineries, start their own companies and work in investment banking. All of our recent graduates have found employment or positions in graduate study.
A large fraction of Harvey Mudd chemistry graduates go on to further studies at some point in their careers. Harvey Mudd College is rated highest in the nation for the percentage of its graduates in chemistry and math who have gained their PhD degrees; nearly 41 of Harvey Mudd College graduates between 1959 and 1980 have received a PhD. Data from the National Research Council and the U.S. Department of Education indicate that from 1979 to 1988, 57 Harvey Mudd chemistry students earned their PhDs, thus ranking Harvey Mudd first proportionally in percentage and 40th numerically in the nation in alumni obtaining PhDs in chemistry during this period. Our chemistry alumni include lawyers, doctors, dentists, CEOs and CTOs, and professors to mention a few. Harvey Mudd College is ranked number one in the nation in the percentage of women students on campus who earn degrees in chemistry and number two in the percentage of students who earn degrees in chemistry.
What alumni have to say
“I learned how to think and reason at Harvey Mudd.” — Tom Smith, Vice President of E. Gallo Company, Class of 1980
“A simple concept was instilled in me during my days at HMC, to let people work on ideas they develop and encourage communication …” Michael Sailor, Professor, University of California, San Diego, Class of 1983
“At Mudd, I learned to work with smart, talented people with a variety of skills … ” Liz Thompson, Sr. Manager, Amgen, Class of 1997
“HMC gave me the breadth of knowledge…” Neel Joshi, Assistant Professor , Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Class of 2001
“Going through Mudd you learn how to believe something is possible, that it can happen. It made me feel comfortable doing hard things.” Nicci Nunes, Educator, Class of 1991
“I was trained at Harvey Mudd to learn how to tackle the big, hard, ugly problems.” Jennifer (Salem) Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech, Class of 1981
” … credits three instructors with starting along the path of success.” Kevin Meagher, European Sales Director, Henkel Technologies, Class of 1995
“Harvey Mudd prepared me well for my laboratory career.” Donald Murphy, Consultant, Class of 1964
Discover some of the exciting and diverse career paths our chemistry alumni have followed.