Introduction to the Major

Chemistry is a field of study that is often call a “central science” because of the many ways it connects and informs studies in the physical and life sciences and plays a foundational role in many applied sciences.

Chemistry majors use a variety of approaches, including applying math, computer-based models and simulations, theory, experimental synthesis and chemical and physical analyses to study matter at a micro- and macro-structural level. Chemists apply their knowledge to studies in a wide range of areas, including environmental protection and toxicology, drug discovery, materials science, art conservation, and forensics.


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Students that major in chemistry acquire a degree that provides excellent preparation for graduate study in many scientific fields, medical/dental/pharmacy school, law school or for pursuing careers in a diverse range of areas, including education.  More information about careers in chemistry is available through the American Chemical Society.
The department offers core courses in the major areas of chemistry, which include: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry and student interested in majoring in chemistry have the option of selecting a concentration that focuses coursework on chemistry or on other interdisciplinary areas.