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Chemistry Major

Develop a broad range of instrumental techniques and advance scientific knowledge. In the chemistry program, come face to face with some of the world’s core problems.

Conduct Groundbreaking Research

Conduct research to make breakthroughs in polymers, pharmaceuticals, and more. These research experiences allow students to develop critical thinking skills, enhance their laboratory techniques, and contribute to scientific discoveries.

Diverse Concentrations

Our Chemistry major program offers a diverse range of concentrations that cater to students' interests and career goals. From biochemistry to pharmaceutical chemistry, we have a concentration that suits your aspirations.

Hands-On Learning

Gain proficiency in laboratory techniques, data analysis, and scientific instrumentation.

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Modern Equipment
Our laboratories are equipped with advanced instruments and technologies. Conduct hands-on experiments and research projects with tools used in the industry.
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Expert Faculty
Our program faculty are passionate researchers and the world's top scientists. They bring their expertise and real-world experiences into the classroom.
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Career-Ready Curriculum
Get a strong foundation in the core areas of chemistry, paired with hands-on lab experience. Conduct experiments, apply theoretical knowledge, and develop practical skills in a lab setting.

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Chemistry Careers

A chemistry degree leads to diverse career opportunities. Produce chemical products, improve quality of life, or create more efficient and sustainable solutions. 

Graduates from our program have pursued successful careers in various industries, including:

  • Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Environmental Science and Sustainability
  • Forensic Science
  • Energy and Alternative Energy
  • Materials Science and Nanotechnology
  • Food and Beverage Industry
  • Quality Control and Assurance
  • Research and Development
  • Teaching and Education

Our alumni have also gone on to pursue advanced degrees in chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, and other related fields.

Emphases available

Gain a strong foundation in the sciences and develop critical thinking skills for success in the medical and pre-professional master's programs.

Prepare for medical school and a career in healthcare with a pre-medical emphasis in chemistry. Gain a strong foundation in the sciences and develop critical thinking skills for success in the medical field.

Explore the synthesis, properties, and applications of polymers with a degree in polymer chemistry. Pursue careers in materials science, engineering, and research and development

Study drug design, development, and testing, including the synthesis, analysis, and pharmacology of drugs. Graduates pursue careers in pharmaceutical research and development, drug testing, or regulatory affairs.

Study the impact of human activity on the environment, including pollution, sustainability, and climate change. Graduates pursue careers in environmental science, research, or policy.

Study chemical processes within living organisms, including the molecular basis of genetics, metabolism, and disease. Graduates pursue careers in research, medicine, or biotechnology.

A chemistry education degree emphasizes teaching the principles of chemistry, laboratory skills, and pedagogical methods to prepare students for careers as high school or college chemistry teachers.

Additional information
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