Majoring in Chemistry  
  • Biochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemistry/Business
  • Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Chemical Education

Students who major in Chemistry typically are interested in biochemistry/pre-medicine, pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, biochemistry/research and drug design, chemistry of materials (polymers, metals, chemistry of surfaces, organic and inorganic chemistry), analytical chemistry, chemistry in business fields, forensic chemistry, or high school chemistry teaching.

Undergraduate Research

Majoring in Chemistry opens doors to graduate and medical/other professional schools and to exciting research possibilities, both graduate and undergraduate, as well as career opportunities in Chemistry and Biochemistry-related fields.

Students may choose to engage in undergraduate research in areas of biochemistry and drug design, analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry, inorganic or organic chemistry, and other areas.

Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dental, and Pre-Optometry Students

Students intending to apply to medical school will also take at least one year of biology. Many students choose additional biology courses beyond the one year, such as vertebrate zoology, genetics, embryology, or cell biology.  See Pre-Health program.

Students intending to apply to medical, dental, or optometry school have several particularly important academic goals that are addressed throughout programs in the Chemistry Department:

  • To develop a strong background in inorganic, organic and biochemistry as a basis for the professional school coursework.
  • To learn in depth and to retain this background both for the professional school and for preparation for the Admissions Test science sections.
  • To maintain a high GPA in all coursework.
  • To participate in cutting edge research opportunities which provide valuable insights into Chemistry and Biochemistry.  See Department Chairman Dr. David E. Graves in CHEM 201, and advisor James Grimes in CHEM 212.
See also research info. handout.