Why Choose Chemistry?

The chemistry degree program at Elmira College is designed to help you become an independent thinker ready to pursue new ideas and seek the answers to big questions.

What Chemistry Will Teach You

As a chemistry student, you will enjoy opportunities for engaging, hands-on research. Plus, you’ll work alongside experienced professors and faculty who are experts in their fields.

The program curriculum includes coursework across all branches of chemistry, with elective options to allow you to specialize your studies. Throughout the chemistry program, you’ll also build vital skills — such as writing, public speaking, quantitative reasoning, and teamwork — that will aid you in whatever career paths you pursue.

Where Chemistry Can Take You

Students with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry are highly employable in various fields. At Elmira, our chemistry major has four concentrations designed for different career goals. In addition to our general chemistry concentration, our health sciences concentration prepares students for medical, dental, veterinary, or related programs. Our professional concentration prepares students for graduate school in chemistry or employment in industry. Finally, our unique medicinal plant concentration prepares students for employment in the growing fields of drug discovery, natural product analysis, and production of plant-based consumer products.

No matter which concentration you pursue, you will enjoy opportunities for real-world research and in-depth studies to boost your skills and build a foundation for a lifelong career.

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