The program in chemistry is designed to prepare students for careers and advanced study in chemistry and related fields. Following the core courses in chemistry, the chemistry program consists of a set of intermediate lecture and laboratory courses that provide necessary breadth. The advanced courses and experimental research or project work in the senior year provide opportunities for in-depth study of selected areas. The chemistry faculty believe that research or project work on a significant chemical problem is a particularly valuable educational experience. The department is well-equipped with instrumentation necessary for a number of studies and has a strong record of research productivity.
Students completing the chemistry major have an exceptionally strong and broad background for immediate employment, professional school, or graduate work in chemistry or a wide range of allied fields. Our alumni work not only in chemistry, but in materials science, chemical engineering, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, genetics, oceanography, teaching, publishing, and winemaking. All chemistry graduates are certified by the American Chemical Society. More information regarding our alumni is available.