Microstructures made from designer proteins, Photo by BASF - The Chemical Company, Flickr.


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About the Major

Known as the central science, chemistry serves as a nucleus for the biological and physical sciences, as well as agricultural, engineering, medical and health disciplines. Students can choose the standard chemistry program or the biochemistry program, which is designed for students wanting to pursue courses with a biological focus. Chemistry department labs and centers are doing groundbreaking research on polymers, nanostructures, quantum theory, and macromolecular science. Undergraduate research frequently results in journal publications and presentations at scientific meetings.

Our graduates have gone on to become...

Possible Careers for this Major

Prehealth & Prelaw
Any CLAS major may prepare you for admission to professional schools such as medical school, vet school, law school, etc.

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  • Geochemist
  • Hazardous Waste Manager
  • Materials Scientist
  • Oil and Petroleum Industry Scientist
  • Research and Development Manager
  • Science Writer
  • Agricultural Chemist
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Bioengineer
  • Chemical Information Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Consumer Product Chemist
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Chemist
  • Synthetic Chemist
Cool Courses You Might Take
  • CHM 2054L: A cross-disciplinary, inquiry-based laboratory established as part of the HHMI Science for Life initiative. Experiments emphasize the importance of chemistry in quantitative life sciences research.
  • CHM 2212-2213: An alternate organic chemistry sequence intended specifically for chemistry majors, featuring smaller class sizes and inquiries into areas of especial interest to future chemists.
  • For more course descriptions, please visit the course descriptions page in the Undergraduate catalog
Some Unique Opportunities in this Major
  • About half of our majors are involved in independent study with one of our world-class research faculty.
  • Many students serve as teaching assistants or peer mentors for general, organic, and analytical chemistry.
  • Students interested in teaching are encouraged to complete the UFTeach minor, which provides all the necessary background for temporary certification in Florida.
  • Students who complete additional upper-level coursework in Chemistry can earn professional certification by the American Chemical Society.
  • The undergraduate Chemistry Club is very active in social events and in outreach to local schools.
  • Transatlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP): offers study-abroad programs in high caliber European universities.
  • For more opportunities, please refer to the department website
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