Majoring in chemistry opens the door to many different pursuits including a myriad of positions as a chemists in private industry, government or education; pursuing professional training in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or other health-related fields; or working in areas such as environmental science and engineering, forensics, business and law. The Department offers a wide range of degree options to suit the interests and future plans of our diverse and multi-talented students. A major whose future plans include working in the chemical industry or attending graduate school in chemistry or a closely related field may choose to pursue a more traditional Bachelors of Arts or Science (BA or BS) degree following the Professional Program or the Interdisciplinary Chemical Biology Program. Other interdisciplinary options are also available linking chemistry with Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Business, Teaching, and Materials Sciences and Engineering. Majors are encouraged to engage in cutting edge research with our world-renowned faculty. Many undergraduates travel to local, regional and national scientific meetings to present their findings and some publish their results in well-respected scientific journals. The Department offers many other opportunities to connect with others in the chemical community including an active chemistry club, general and organic chemistry help rooms, and job opportunities.
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The American Chemical Society Student Chapter is sponsors the TA of the Month Award. Students from all chemistry courses can nominate their TA for the award by submitting an online nomation form. A committee of ACSSC members will review the submissions and choose the winners based on the nomination statements (not a popular vote). The winners will receive a $25 gift certificate and will be recognized on the department website and within the department.
There are two TA of the Year Awards presented at the annual Chemistry Department Awards Ceremony. The winners will be chosen from the TA of the Month Award winners. To show our appreciation for all of the hard work and dedication that the TAs contribute to our deparment the winners will receive $1,000 each!
For any current high school students who have completed a year of chemistry and express interest in earning additional credit over the summer, we've got you covered. Teacher nominations are submitted during January, and relevant information goes out to students beginning in February--the program takes place Monday, June 8th - Friday, July 17th.
Community Outreach Program
Want to share your love of science with others? Join members of the American Chemical Society Student Chapter performing fun and exciting chemistry demonstrations at local elementary and junior high schools. Contact Holly Sebahar to get involved.