Chemistry can change the world. Chemistry is central to all sciences and is actually very simple. Everything around you including yourself is nothing but a bunch of molecules. Chemistry tells you what those molecules look like and what rules they follow to interact with each other.
From paper to paint, food to fertilizer, smart materials for improved devices, clean water and energy for a greener planet, smart polymers to lower the burden of pollution, effective vaccines and medicines to fight the most challenging health crisis, they all need chemistry.
The areas of study within the Chemistry Department—chemistry, biochemistry, computational chemistry, and medicinal chemistry—help you to develop analytical, critical thinking, laboratory, research, and applied skills, blending the theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry you’ll need to be successful. Career outcomes for chemistry, biochemistry, and related fields—including job placement and starting and median salaries are excellent. Plus chemistry is the #10 degree with the highest return on investment. It's no wonder that so many choose to study chemistry.
Take a traditional approach to the study of chemistry with our BS in Chemistry, which sets you up for success in graduate school, industry, or laboratory research. Chemistry majors learn best in a practical laboratory setting. Our program will prepare you to contribute to the nucleus of chemical advancements in diverse fields and leave your impression on the world. You’ll quickly learn your way around our advanced labs and equipment, with the majority of your time being spent conducting research (independently and alongside faculty) and creatively exploring the real-world applications of chemistry. Choose one of three concentrations in Chemical Physics, Environmental Chemistry, and Polymer Chemistry.
A Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry will provide you with a firm and broadly-based foundation in chemistry. You'll have the flexibility to pursue complementary objectives, such as a professional degree in law, business, any of the pre-health pathways (like pharmacy or medical school), or applying your chemistry knowledge in another discipline such as biochemistry, biology, business, scientific communication, computer science, and many others.
Biochemists and molecular biologists investigate biomolecules, studying biological chemistry to understand the molecular and genetic bases of cellular processes. Our interdisciplinary bachelor's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology will prepare you for a rewarding career in virtually any branch of the life sciences you choose, such as agriculture; biotechnology; biofuels; medicine and pharmacology; forensic science; or genomics and molecular genetics.
Computational chemistry and cheminformatics is at the intersection of chemistry and information technology. A bachelor's degree in cheminformatics will provide you with a unique blended skill set in preparation for a career in this rapidly expanding field. You will complete upper-level course work in both chemistry and computer science. As a cheminformatics specialist, you will play an important role in supporting research and laboratory experimentation by making chemical information accessible and usable. You'll use computers to study and predict chemical reactions.
Medicinal chemists work on multidisciplinary teams to formulate, test, and analyze drugs. Our degree program in medicinal chemistry emphasizes research experience, a requirement for many jobs in pharmaceuticals. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to apply your training in chemistry to the process of pharmaceutical synthesis and analysis. You could conduct basic and applied research in chemistry to understand drug compounds or develop guidelines for the US FDA.