STEM subjects are leading innovation, and chemistry contributes to significant advancements in all areas of life, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, technology, materials, alternative energies, renewable fuels and aerospace technology.

Your educational experiences are hands-on at Clarkson, because it’s not just about learning chemistry; it’s about doing chemistry. Courses in our undergraduate bachelor's degree program in Chemistry provide a thorough understanding of properties, composition and matter, making chemistry the epicenter of most disciplines at Clarkson.

As a Chemistry undergraduate student, you participate in small class settings with access to dedicated faculty — teachers and mentors who give you the personal attention you deserve. Our program encourages you to get involved in research early on and to discover that theory has real-world applications. Join us and discover what can come next in the world of chemistry.

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Chemistry Careers

An undergraduate bachelor's degree in chemistry can lead you to careers that span the full range of the chemical sciences, with exceptional opportunities in positions such as:

  • chemical research and development
  • forensics
  • product development (textiles, pharmaceuticals, printer inks, plastics, etc.)
  • toxicology
  • environmental protection
  • medical science and chemical or medical sales

As a science writer, journalist or editor with a chemistry degree, you would be in a unique position to interpret current scientific advancements for the wider community. 

In recent years, Clarkson chemistry majors have been recruited to work at companies such as Biogen, DEKA Research and Development, Ichor Therapeutics, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, ThermoFisher Scientific and Unither Pharmaceuticals. 

If you are interested in a career within an academic setting, you can pursue advanced study in order to teach primary and secondary education. Clarkson University's Master of Arts in Teaching program prepares qualified teachers in a variety of disciplines. A career in the university setting as a faculty member, researcher or post-doctoral research associate is desired by many who pursue their Ph.D. Clarkson also has a very successful chemistry graduate program.

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Chemistry Curriculum & Academic Options

Major in Chemistry

The chemistry undergraduate bachelor's degree program is composed of 68 of the 120 required credits. This leaves 52 credits available for student electives and the Clarkson Common Experience. Chemistry majors take courses such as:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Food Chemistry
  • Carbon Capture and Sequestration
  • Better Materials Through Chemistry
  • Intro to Biomaterials
  • Nanostructured Materials

Chemistry Major Curriculum

Relevant Minors

Chemistry majors have the opportunity to explore minors that will complement the chemistry bachelor's degree. We also offer a chemistry minor, available to all students except those majoring in Chemistry or Biomolecular Science. View our recommendations below or learn more about all of Clarkson's minors, concentrations and professional advising tracks. 

Chemistry Minor

Medicine & Healthcare Minor

All Clarkson Minors, Concentrations and Tracks

Research Opportunities

Throughout your undergraduate chemistry studies, you have access to research laboratories where you can work alongside experienced graduate students and become a valued member of a professor's research group. Invariably, alumni tell us that time spent doing research with faculty turns out to be the most important learning experience of their college careers, and we like to make this the most important experience in your college career as well.

Internship and Co-Op Opportunities

On Campus

The undergraduate chemistry program at Clarkson has many research and professional experiences to offer you — both on- and off-site. For more information, please see the opportunities listed below.

CBS Research Faculty offer summer internships in their research laboratories to undergraduate students demonstrating interest and ability. Students gain invaluable experience working under the tutelage of professors, experienced graduate students and post-doctoral research associates.

Support and funding for on-site summer research experiences:

David A. Walsh '67 Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship: Awarded to support a summer-research experience in the Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science (CBS). Recipient will be an undergraduate student majoring in chemistry and/or biomolecular science, who will be returning to Clarkson for at least one full semester. Provides stipend, housing and research materials.

Honors Program students can apply to conduct project work during the summer in their fields of study with the support of faculty mentors. Depending on the program chosen, the Honors Program can provide on-campus housing, meal support and, in some circumstances, a stipend.

Community of Underrepresented Professional Opportunities (CUPO): The CUPO office provides research opportunities and other services to eligible students.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Offered by the National Science Foundation through its REU Sites program, these 10-week summer research programs engage a diverse group of undergraduate students in first-class research projects.


With the assistance of your student advisor, you can obtain valuable and field-relevant work experience away from the Clarkson University campus. Internships are available in a variety of industries, such as medical environments, institutes and laboratories, independent research facilities and privately owned businesses.

Some recent examples include the Trudeau Institute, Strong Memorial Hospital's Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Swift Labs, Procter & Gamble, Corning, Beckman Laser Institute, Goodyear, Intel and St. Gobain in North America.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Offered by the National Science Foundation through its REU Sites program, these 10-week summer research programs engage a diverse group of undergraduate students in first-class research projects. Clarkson chemistry students may have the opportunity to attend a REU program at other universities, such as Cornell, Columbia, Syracuse, Binghamton, Boston College and Boston University, among others.

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