Department of Chemistry

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Undergraduate Chemistry

Who we are
    Chemistry can offer extraordinary solutions during times of extraordinary challenge. New methods for making molecules and materials have had a transformational impact on our lives and the materials that surround us, and powerful tools for characterizing molecular processes allow us to understand how to do so efficiently, safely, and with minimized environmental impact. Nearly every area of science, technology, and medicine has been revolutionized by fundamental discoveries at the molecular level. Purdue Chemistry offers students the opportunity to:

  • Learn from world-class scientists who are focused on undergraduate education.
  • Access to state-of-the-art instrumentation to prepare you for jobs in the chemical industry.
  • Take your studies abroad to develop your skills at the international level.

A day in the life ...Our undergraduates have pursued successful careers in:

    • Higher education
    • Medicine
    • Drug discovery
    • Teaching
    • Forensics
    • Consumer products
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Patent law
    • Sales
    • Venture capital

Read more about, "What Can I Do With a Major in Chemistry?"

Study abroad    We believe that research is an integral portion of the training of chemists, and many of our undergraduate chemistry majors join research groups.

    Our undergraduate research program can be found on our CHM 499 web page. Working closely with faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, our undergraduate chemistry majors are not only exposed to what chemistry is, they begin to appreciate how new chemical knowledge is obtained.

    The College of Science offers additional information on research opportunities here.


Plans of Study

Chemistry Chem Lab

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Forensic Sciences

ACS Chemistry

American Chemical Society accredited

ACS Biochemistry

American Chemical Society accredited

Chemistry Education

Includes state license

You may view sample chemistry major plans of study here.

ElectivesPre Med lab prep

    The strong emphasis on technical careers at Purdue University has advantages for our chemistry majors. They can select from a large number of electives in chemical engineering, materials science, physics, computer science and many more fields.


    Chemistry provides a solid foundation for students continuing their studies in medical school as well as many of the other health profession careers. Read more about the importance of chemistry in medicine.


Key Benefits

  • Outstanding faculty committed to undergraduate education
  • Some of the finest undergraduate laboratories in the country
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching
  • Quality of the undergraduate research program

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