Undergraduate Program

Prof. Isaac Krauss with chemistry majors.

The chemistry major offers a broad training in modern chemistry, covering the major subfields — biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical — and allowing students to pursue their special interest(s).

Chemistry is the central science and the chemistry major provides a solid preparation for professional work in chemistry and allied fields; for study at the graduate level in chemistry and in other related fields (biochemistry, environmental science, pharmacology, polymer science, etc.); for professional schools (e.g., medicine, dentistry); and for developing an understanding of the technological and scientific issues challenging our society today — useful professionally in law and business, as well as in everyday life.

Chemistry majors are given the opportunity to develop extensive, practical experience through laboratory courses using macro- and microscale techniques. Chemistry majors are encouraged to participate in independent research, which is an important part of a scientific education. Typically 10-12 seniors take Chem 99D (honors research).  Many more sophomores and juniors are working in Department research labs. Our undergraduates have recently co-authored publications in the journals Inorganic Chemistry, Organometallics, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Organic Letters, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Chemistry and Biology, Physical Review, Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Chemical Communications.

Undergraduates attend the best graduate schools, medical schools, and work in industry. Recent graduates are attending graduate school in chemistry at Berkeley, CalTech, MIT, Harvard, University of Michigan, and many other programs.