Undergraduate Studies

The wide range of courses offered by the Department of Chemistry reflects the position of chemistry as the foundation of all the molecular sciences. A list of current courses in Chemistry and a comprehensive description of the undergraduate program in Chemistry, including information on placement exams, laboratory registration, information for premedical students, and major requirements, may be found within the Yale College Programs of Study. The Undergraduate Handbook is a comprehensive guide for prospective and current Chemistry Majors, with a complete description of requirements and opportunities.

Students with B.A. or B.S. degrees in chemistry go on to a variety of professions. In addition to graduate studies in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, or other health-related disciplines, the department’s graduates find their broad scientific training useful in fields such as business management and law. As the problems of contemporary society involve ever more complex scientific issues, degree programs in the sciences become increasingly appropriate for students wishing to pursue careers in public policy, government, or public service. The breadth of exposure to the physical and life sciences makes chemistry an especially appropriate major for these students.

The majority of students intending to major in one of the physical or life sciences, as well as those planning to pursue postgraduate studies in a health-related discipline, should begin the study of chemistry in their freshman year.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies is Nilay Hazari.

Exceptionally well-prepared students may complete a course of study leading to the simultaneous award of the B.S. and M.S. degrees after eight terms of enrollment. Formal application for admission to this program must be made no later than the last day of classes in the fifth term of enrollment.

A variety of opportunities are available for undergraduates interested in pursuing independent research in the Chemistry Department, many of which provide funding during the summer and/or academic year. More than fifteen individual fellowship programs are available for the support of undergraduate research, and many student research projects are supported by individual faculty research grants. Find out more information about research within the Chemistry Department.