Degree options

  • Major/minor in chemistry
  • American Chemical Society-certified major in chemistry
  • Teaching major in chemistry

The Cornell College Department of Chemistry helps you develop both practical skills in research and the critical thinking skills necessary for an accurate understanding of the scientific issues our society faces.

You take courses on a broad range of topics, and we emphasize the relationship of chemistry to other disciplines. We work very closely with the Department of Biology to offer a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Cornell's small class sizes and One Course At A Time curriculum allow you to become part of  a tight learning community. For 18 days, you become part of a group learning experience, with significant support from your professors and collaboration with your fellow students. You also have a lab dedicated to your course, so you're never rushed to finish experiments in a narrow window between setup and cleanup—the lab is yours all day, every day. 

In some of the introductory chemistry courses you might have lecture in the morning with lab two afternoons a week. Other courses may be taught in more of a workshop format, where you have a short lecture and then immediately go to the lab to get some practical experience with the topic.

Beyond the classroom

We strongly encourage you to engage in research projects at Cornell or other institutions to help you become an active, engaged scientist. The opportunity to work in small groups with faculty mentors during summer research at Cornell means working side by side with professional scientists who have varied research interests. We treat students as full partners in the research process, giving you an experience much like that of a graduate school research lab.

Dimensions: The Center for the Science and Culture of Healthcare is an academic enrichment program for students of any major who are interested in careers in health care. The program works closely with chemistry and other science departments to provide research opportunities and internships for students in health-related fields. 

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