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Focus Areas within the Major

Students majoring in chemistry have a number of options available to them to make their degree more specialized and build skills within the major.

  • Chemical Physics & Instrumentation emphasizes analytical techniques and physical methods of chemistry, with focus-area coursework that involves hands-on lab experience, a broad range of analytical instrumentation and theoretical work in thermodynamics and quantum mechanics. This is Chemistry, Focus Area 1
  • Materials Chemistry: Delve into the science of materials, catalysis, inorganic synthesis and electrochemistry. This coursework focuses on inorganic chemistry, chemical engineering and materials engineering. This is Chemistry, Focus Area 3
  • Molecular Theory and Simulation: Intended for students in computational chemistry and theoretical chemistry, this area offers coursework that focuses heavily on scientific computation, plus theoretical physical chemistry. This is Chemistry, Focus Area 2
  • Synthesis and Chemical Biology: Explore a range of options for study in advanced organic synthesis, chemical biology and pharmaceutical chemistry with courses that are highly interdisciplinary, drawing upon not only chemistry but biochemistry, pharmacy and molecular biology. This is Chemistry, Focus Area 4


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