When you become a chemistry major at Queens, you will be a scientist from day one. You will have the opportunity to work with your professors on real research projects in areas that interest you. We have chemistry students who are interested in pharmacology, medicine, forensics and more. You will take courses covering the five areas of chemistry -- organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry. As a chemistry major, you can choose from two possible tracks -- general chemistry or environmental chemistry. Choose the general track if you'd like to seek employment as a chemist in the public or private sector, or if you intend to work in basic or applied research. The environmental chemistry track is for you if you wish to apply training and knowledge in chemistry to solving environmental problems.
General Education Requirements
Perks of Being a Chemistry Major
- Classes in Rogers Hall
The new Rogers Hall features state-of-the-art classroom and lab space, a rooftop green house and herbarium, an exterior "green wall" made of NC plants in the shape of a double helix. Its award-winning design is also Platinum LEED-certified, demonstrating the environmental conservation that's taught within its walls.
- Caring, committed professors
Our learning environment features an award-winning faculty and a low student-faculty ratio, creating a close-knit community for support.
While pursuing a degree in chemistry, our students have held internships or conducted summer research with:
- CVS Pharmacy
- Virginia Dept of General Services: Forensic Science Laboratory
- GlaxoSmithKline USA
- Johns Hopkins University
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Dept.: Crime Laboratory
When You Graduate
Our program prepares students for successful careers or graduate study. Our Queens chemistry majors have gone on to the following graduate schools, to name a few:
- University of Minnesota (pharmacy)
- Clemson University
- University of Maryland (medical school)
- University of Utah (medical school)
Others have gone into careers as chemists in companies such as BASF Corporation, Merck and InChem.
Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.
- The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program.
- The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.