The Chemistry Department offers a major in chemistry (with optional American Chemical Society [ACS] certification), a minor in chemistry, and it co-administers the biochemistry major with the biological sciences department. The department also serves as a home department for students enrolled in dual-degree programs (with Johns Hopkins University) in chemical and biomolecular engineering, environmental engineering, and materials science engineering.
A major in chemistry prepares students for careers in chemistry, graduate work, or for entrance into professional schools. Students with an ACS-certified degree in chemistry have a sound basis for industrial, educational, governmental, and hospital careers in chemistry. They are prepared for graduate work in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, and related fields. They may also move into law, medical, dental, pharmacy, and other professional schools
Preparation for veterinary, medical, or dental school may be obtained through a chemistry major. Students planning to apply for admission to veterinary, medical, or dental school should notify the director of premedical studies by the end of the sophomore year.
The Department of Chemistry is on the approved list of the American Chemical Society. Course offerings, faculty, library, equipment, and budget of the department meet the national standards of the society.