• Rationalize and predict chemical behavior based on chemical principles
  • Apply lab methods to investigate chemical phenomena and synthesize compounds
  • Operate modern analytical instruments and interpret the data
  • Use computers for data collection, analysis, modeling, and visualization
  • Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms
  • Search and use chemical literature



How does the microscopic behavior of atoms and molecules affect the macroscopic properties of materials? How does light interact with matter, and how can we use that interaction to probe the structure of molecules? What types of molecules are involved with global warming and how can we find methods to minimize their generation or remove them from the atmosphere?

The chemistry department offers foundational courses in the five core chemical subdisciplines: organic, physical, analytical, inorganic, and biochemistry. Additional elective courses explore a variety of topics, including atmospheric chemistry, computational chemistry, materials chemistry, food chemistry, environmental chemistry, and organic synthesis. Classes are small, with fewer than 40 students in lower-level chemistry lecture sections and capped at 18 for laboratory sections.


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Isabella Graves ’16

"My chemistry background equipped me with scientific knowledge and technical skills that I would continue to use throughout graduate school and into my career."