Undergraduate Studies

Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter and substances, especially of atomic and molecular systems. It is an inspiring and diverse field of study - the science of change. “Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen or felt is made of chemicals and chemists are the people who transform the everyday materials around us into amazing things” (American Chemical Society).

Whether it is through new technologies for energy conversion, new approaches to curing cancer, new chemistry for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, new textiles to be used in the latest fashions, or a new direction to environmental protection, chemistry affects modern life in countless and important ways. An undergraduate degree in Chemistry is a doorway to many career pathways, including:

Agriculture • Inorganic Chemistry • Sales • Teaching • Physical Chemistry • Pharmaceuticals • Patent Law • Organic Chemistry • Food Technology • Forensics • Analytical Chemistry • Environmental Quality Regulation • Polymer Chemistry

Here at the University of Rochester, the Chemistry department offers you excellent, state-of-the-art instrumentation facilities with the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research as an undergraduate student; individual attention by professionally active faculty who are committed to fine teaching with low student-to-faculty ratios; a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and supportive environment to pursue your interests – an overall superior undergraduate experience.

Rochester alumni go on to prestigious graduate programs and careers, pushing back the boundaries of knowledge in their chosen fields. Their outstanding achievements often result in distinguished awards and recognition.

Come explore the world of Chemistry at the University of Rochester!