Computational Chemistry and Chemical Informatics—BS

Unravel the Mysteries of Chemistry with Technology

Develop an in-demand skill set combining a technical understanding of chemistry with expertise in computers and computation. A Bachelor of Science in Computational Chemistry and Chemical Informatics from Michigan Tech will prepare you to work on the leading edge of this emerging technological field. Your work could support advancements in any branch of chemistry, with career opportunities rapidly expanding in the design of new drugs and materials.

"My first visit to Michigan Tech was my junior year in high school and I immediately fell in love with the campus and the chemistry department. After speaking with chemistry faculty, they were able to direct me to the cheminformatics degree combining my passion of chemistry and computer programming."Ali Carpentar, 2016, Cheminformatics
Software Engineer, Watson Health, IBM

What is Computational Chemistry and Chemical Informatics?

Computational Chemistry and Chemical Informatics is at the intersection of chemistry and information technology. If you prefer the theory of chemistry to its practical applications and enjoy working with technology, a career in cheminformatics may suit you well. Your professional specialty will include using computational methods to complement laboratory experimentation. Upon graduation, you might

  • Investigate chemicals and materials that are not practical for laboratory analysis.
  • Model individual molecules or the behaviors of chemical compounds within the natural world.
  • Create and/or work with databases to catalog, categorize, organize, and search the structures of chemicals.
  • Employ computational chemistry to simplify problems and make calculations that are used in laboratory experimentation.
  • Develop information-storage solutions at the molecular level.

One-of-a-Kind Program

You will complete upper-level course work in both chemistry and computer science, gaining the foundation in both physical chemistry and computer programming that is necessary in the field. Many chemical equations are so complex, the need for advanced technological tools—and professionals who have the ability to effectively use them—is critical. Our degree program will prepare you to succeed in this role. Cutting-edge labs and equipment will enhance your education.

Career Pathways

Computational Chemistry and Chemical Informatics specialists play an important role in supporting research and laboratory experimentation by making chemical information accessible and usable. These professionals spend a great deal of time analyzing and interpreting data and must be detail oriented. Career pathways are diverse and often lead to positions outside of the traditional laboratory—and inside of the computer laboratory.