Welcome to Chemistry!

Our chemistry major emphasizes independent and collaborative research where students can participate in the creation and dissemination of new knowledge, and where they can integrate and apply the skills they learn in their courses in the context of original work. Our goal is to provide you with a depth of chemical knowledge and skills that will prepare you for the next step in your career path, which might involve graduate studies in chemistry or related sciences: professional degrees in health sciences or engineering; advanced degrees in non-science fields such as law or business that can be combined with a chemistry background for careers such as patent law or management in the chemical industry; or proceeding directly to work in areas such as education, industry, government and private research laboratories, or business, for example pharmaceutical sales.

Departmental website: https://chem.duke.edu/


You can learn more about advising on our advising page.

To help guide you through the major you will have a chemistry faculty member as your academic advisor, who will meet with you each semester during the advising period prior to registration. During these meetings your advisor will review the major requirements to make sure you are on track to complete the major and they can help you choose courses for registration. They can also help you identify research opportunities, prepare for your post-graduate plans, and with any other matters related to the major. A chemistry advisor will be assigned to you just prior to the first registration period after you officially declare the major. If you wish to request a specific faculty member as your advisor you can do so by sending an email to the DUS Group. More detailed information about advising and registration will be sent to you prior to the advising period. If you have questions feel free to email the DUS Group.

Requirements and General Information

Learn more about major and minor requirements , and about being a chemistry major in our undergraduate handbook.