Chemists, as central scientists, connect the physical sciences with the life sciences and applied sciences.  Be a part of the connection…

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.

About Us

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.

Signature Opportunities

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 Professional Development Office.

Our Graduates

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.

Hear What Our Majors Have to Say…
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> Were the courses in general up to your expectations, too easy, or too difficult?</h4><p> They were all difficult and a lot was expected from us. But if great things weren’t expected, we wouldn’t have learned anything.  That’s what makes the education from the chemistry department so valuable to me.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> What has been distinctive about your experience at Ursinus College?</h4><p> Everything is a lot more difficult here! I feel that we have a great quality of education and a closer teacher student relationship at Ursinus.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> What is the best feature of the Chemistry Major?</h4><p> The faculty and staff are the most supportive and dedicated on campus. I would not trade them for any other department.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> Were the courses up to your expectations, too easy, or too difficult?</h4><p> They were difficult, but that was one of the major reasons that I became a chemistry major. It was one of the few majors that I saw as a real challenge.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> What do you think is the best feature of the Chemistry Major?</h4><p> I think the courses are well designed to cover a broad range of topics that will be useful to me after I graduate, and I feel like I have a solid background in chemistry.  Also, I liked how the major was flexible enough that I could study abroad and that I didn’t have to take the courses in a set order.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> What do you think is the best feature of the Chemistry Major?</h4><p> It has to be the close knit relationships between the faculty and students.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> What were your expectations of the Chemistry Major?</h4><p> I expected to learn a great deal about chemistry and be challenged regularly.  I thought that my thirst for knowledge would be quenched, but I’ve come to realize how many answers have not been found in the field, how many techniques need to be improved, etc.  There are so many questions that I want to be answered about chemistry and this desire is what will drive me in my future.  I did not expect to still have this thirst, but I am happy that I do.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> What has been distinctive about your experience at Ursinus College?</h4><p> Ursinus College is distinct in two ways. It demands significantly more work from its students than other colleges, especially in the chemistry department. Second, Ursinus faculty want to be involved in students’ lives and that has made all the difference.<br/><br/></p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> What has been distinctive about your experience at Ursinus College?</h4><p> The curriculum is the same but the amount of attention that I get by my professors and department is more personalized.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> How has your ILE prepared you for what you are doing after college?</h4><p> My research experience has taught me a great deal of independence and improvisation. My ILE experience showed me how grueling, tedious, and rewarding lab work can be. It also taught me that true science is difficult to condense into a 3 hour lab period. I feel I understand the scientific process much better now than a few years ago.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> How prepared were you for your Independent Learning Experience?</h4><p> I was very prepared in terms of chemistry for my ILE [internship at West Pharmaceutical Services].  I learned a great deal about how the business world works and how important networking is for your career.  I have remained in contact with some of the professionals I met during my ILE and hope that down the road they will come in handy.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> What do you think is the best feature of the Chemistry Major?</h4><p> It is really difficult, but also rewarding.  The feeling that you get when you finally figure out a problem is what makes all the hard work worth it.<br/><br/></p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> What has been distinctive about your experience at Ursinus College?</h4><p> If I went to a larger school, I don’t think I would have gotten the one-on-one time with my professors like I did at Ursinus.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> What has been distinctive about your experience at Ursinus College?</h4><p> I think the closeness between professors and students is very distinct aspect of my experience.<br/><br/></p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> What do you think is the best feature of the Chemistry Major?</h4><p> The chemistry department– they were extremely supportive and dedicated to their work. This made it a lot easier for us majors to enjoy our time here at Ursinus.</p></div>

Chemistry Newsletter

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In this edition, read about the chemistry faculty including new faculty, alumni spotlights, student research and honors, Summer Fellows work, the Chemistry challenge, and other chemistry and biochemistry news at Ursinus College