Undergraduate Studies

The department offers four undergraduate majors and one BS/MS degree, all designed to give students a broad background in the basic divisions of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical. Degree tracks allow majors to choose programs certified by the American Chemical Society or focused on forensic chemistry or biochemistry. A more flexible track allows more electives for pre-professional students.

Chemistry Major permits a wider selection of electives to meet the needs of students preparing to enter medicine, dentistry, law, or related fields.

ACS Certified Degree in Chemistry is for students preparing for graduate study in chemistry or those planning to enter the chemical profession and wishing to be certified by the American Chemical Society as having met the minimum requirements for professional training.

Forensic Chemistry Major is in forensic chemistry, preparing students to meet the needs of federal and state forensic sciences laboratories.

ACS Certified Degree in Biochemistry fulfills the American Chemical Society requirement for a certified degree program in chemistry with a biochemistry option.

BS Chemistry/MFS Forensic Chemistry is a combined degree program allowing students to earn both a BS in Chemistry and a MFS in Forensic Chemistry.

Majors requirements | Majors at a Glance

Chemistry Prizes

Each spring the Chemistry Department sponsors a competition for two large monetary prizes to be awarded to graduating chemistry majors on Commencement weekend. These endowed prizes are now worth several hundred dollars each and deserve serious competition.

The William E. Fitch Prize is awarded to the graduating major with the best-written comprehensive examination (Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical) in chemistry.

The Byrne Thurtell Burns Memorial Prize is awarded to the graduating major who shows the greatest proficiency in organic chemistry as demonstrated by written exam. 

Making Waves with Microwaves

Do you really know how a microwave pops your popcorn? In a recent video podcast for the award-winning high school magazine ChemMatters, Professor of Chemistry Martín G. Zysmilich demystified the physical and chemical processes that take place to produce the puffy snack.

Undergraduate Admissions