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Chemistry undergraduate programs


Our academic programs prepare you for challenging careers at the forefront of many scientific fields such as medicine, energy, forensics, food science, materials science, pharmaceuticals, and polymer science. We play key roles in breakthrough research that provides the foundation for protecting our natural resources, developing renewable products and new sources of energy, and discovering medical cures.

Majors and minors

BS in Chemistry

through the College of Science and Engineering

BA in Chemistry

through the College of Liberal Arts

Minor in Chemistry

through the College of Liberal Arts


Research opportunities

You'll have opportunities to work with faculty and student researchers who are on the leading edge of chemistry research, including theoretical, organic, inorganic, physical, biological, analytical, polymer, and environmental chemistry. Nearly 60% of our undergraduates participate in research, and it is common for undergraduates to be authors on research papers published in leading scientific journals. Our collaborative research opportunities include several multi-disciplinary research centers funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Energy, as well as interdisciplinary research in collaboration with the University’s world-class Medical School and other top-ranked programs in the College of Science & Engineering.

Learn more about undergraduate research   Faculty research foci


Estimated starting salary of our graduates


Explore a variety of career opportunities

  • Research specialist
  • Chemical safety program manager
  • Forensic science technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Food scientist

More about career paths

54.8% of students who complete their undergraduate studies in Chemistry at UMN find employment right after graduation, while another 39.7% move on to graduate school.

Learn more about graduation & beyond

A vibrant, dynamic community climate

In addition to academics and research, students are invited to become engaged with student organizations, department committees, and outreach. Collaboration among people of all cultures and backgrounds enhances our experiences and contributes to excellence in teaching, learning, and research. We strive to promote a climate that celebrates our differences and strengthens our department by embracing and working to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Diversity & Inclusion 

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Professor Lee Penn
(612) 626-4680

Undergraduate Studies

Stephanie Stathopoulos
Assistant to Director of Undergraduate Studies
135 Smith Hall | (612) 624-8008

Student Services

Nick Erickson 
Student Services Specialist
115 Smith Hall
(612) 624-0026