Chemists interact with nature at a fundamental, molecular level—its composition, properties, and transformation into new substances. They are interested in molecular structure, the properties of materials, and in reactions that convert one material into another. Chemistry significantly impacts many other fields including medicine, materials science, genetics, biology, pharmacy, food science, and environmental science.


  • Research (basic and applied)
  • Product development
  • Environmental protection
  • Public health, safety, and policy
  • Quality assurance and control
  • Forensic science
  • Toxicology
  • Intellectual property
  • Chemical production and manufacturing
  • Chemical education

What you’ll study

The curriculum encompasses the major subfields of chemistry—the theories, techniques, and tools. It includes chemistry, physics, mathematics, and the liberal arts.

You may select an emphasis area:

  • Bioscience/bioproducts
  • Chemical physics
  • Chemistry education
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Materials chemistry

There are also dual tracks in:

  • Chemistry and biochemistry
  • Chemistry and biology
  • Chemistry and food science