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Chemistry

Chemistry—the tie that binds us together

Chemistry is all about studying the science that holds us together—literally. An strong understanding of chemistry is at the center of all sciences because it connects all physical, life and applied sciences.

A degree in chemistry is great preparation for a variety of careers such as research, medicine, forensics, law and many high-tech careers.

Why study chemistry?

  • Gain a strong understanding of the underpinnings of all science—a great basis for any tech or science-related career.
  • Experience great preparation for research careers in pharmaceuticals, foods, textiles and many other industries.

I discovered that I really enjoyed research—especially mass spectrometry—in Research in Chemistry class. The opportunity for me to be involved in research was very advantageous. Exposure to good undergraduate research helped me be more prepared for graduate work and other professional studies, and it helped me to make good career choices.

Sam Shum
1981 math and chemistry graduate, now a pharmaceutical researcher who recently developed inhalable insulin for diabetic patients.
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Experience plenty of personal attention and time with high tech equipment.

Science students see how creation comes together. They discover how the world works through the interconnected studies of chemistry and other sciences.

These fields are fundamental, but at Union, you’ll go beyond the basics. 

You’ll become a caretaker of creation. You’ll develop the skills needed to administer healing, pass along knowledge, and nurture nature. And you’ll begin to understand the universe at the atomic level—a perspective unknown to most of the world. 

Why study at Union College?

  • Our experienced professors will challenge and stretch you, but they’ll be right beside you all along the way to provide the support you need to succeed.
  • Partner with experienced professors who conduct important research.
  • Experience a new building that emphasizes open learning and features the latest technology for teaching and research.

With a liberal arts environment, Union most affected my life work through the wonderful integration of the humanities with the scientific courses. This foundation provided me an understanding (and wisdom as I grew older) that my work or any scientific endeavor is just a small piece of the ultimate goal: to help humanity is some way. As a result, I am better able to interpret my own research and teach my students the greater good that science can play, if we act responsibly in the complex society in which we live.

Vicki Schlegel
1984 graduate, now a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, researching the health-promoting properties of food.
photo Vicki Schlegel

Majors and minors

Union College offers the following chemistry degrees:

Chemistry—four-year bachelor of arts degree 
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Chemistry—four-year bachelor of science degree 
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Chemistry—four-year bachelor of science degree with an emphasis in the following areas:

Natural science education—a four-year bachelor of science degree with an emphasis in chemistry 
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Career options

Biochemist

Study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes, such as cell development, growth, heredity, and disease.

Job outlook
11% growth (faster than average)

Median pay
$91,000

Materials scientist

Study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and analyze the ways in which the substances interact with one another.

Job outlook
7% growth (average)

Median pay
$76,000

Chemical engineer

Apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products.

Job outlook
8% growth (average)

Median pay
$102,000