Chemistry is called the “Central Science”, as chemists are involved in research, production and analysis in diverse areas such as food, medicine, forensics, and energy. However, understanding basic chemical principles is important not only to the chemist, but also to the well-informed citizen, to enable us to wisely evaluate serious issues we face every day and to participate in making decisions and developing policies that shape our communities, our world and our lives.
Our Department—certified by the American Chemical Society for the quality of its program—offers major tracks for those students whose interests are in advanced degrees in chemistry, the chemical or pharmaceutical industry, medical school and the allied health professions, or science teaching. You will take courses in all the major sub-disciplines of chemistry, organic, physical, analytical, inorganic and biological. In addition, you have the opportunity to operate research-grade instruments in both teaching and research laboratories.
Chemistry students work closely with faculty on research projects, throughout the academic year as well as the summer months, in areas such as organic or inorganic synthesis, physical chemistry, chemical separations, bio-inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, nanoparticles, chromatography, and spectroscopy. Our majors, with interests in areas outside chemistry, have the opportunity to complete double-majors or minors.
In addition, exciting opportunities are available to our students through our study abroad programs sponsored by the college and our internship programs coordinated by our Career and Post-Graduate Development Office.
Graduates of the Ursinus College Chemistry Department excel in nationally ranked graduate and professional programs across the country and work in a variety of rewarding careers in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry or in education.