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Learn to "get reactions" as you pursue deep knowledge in a field with many career opportunities.
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.
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.
Students with a bachelor’s degree 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 Education concentration, our Health Sciences concentration prepares students for medical, dental, veterinary, or related programs. Our Professional Chemistry concentration prepares students for graduate school in chemistry or employment in industry. Finally, our unique Medicinal Plant Chemistry 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.
The chemistry major offers four concentration tracks with a variety of elective courses for even more customization. Students in this program can expect to conduct research and participate in real-world projects as early as freshman year.
The General Chemistry option is designed for students desiring a career in chemistry without a graduate degree.
The Chemistry for Health Sciences concentration is for students who intend to become health care professionals (physicians, dentists, veterinarians, etc.).
The Medicinal Plant Chemistry concentration is designed for students interested in the analysis of plants for medicinal and food applications.
The Professional Chemistry concentration is designed for students interested in attending graduate school in chemistry.
Many professional opportunities are available in the field of chemistry.
Chemistry students often complete their Elmira College internship through summer research programs, either at Elmira College or at research institutions.
Our Chemistry faculty members are experts in their field and will help guide you as you perform hands-on research and develop vital skills required for a variety of related career paths.
Do you have questions about our Chemistry program? Please contact us.