BS IN Chemistry

College of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry and Environmental Science Department

On Campus

Engage in research addressing real questions in fields like pharmacology, medicine and forensics.

When you become a chemistry major at Queens, you will be a scientist from day one. You’ll have the opportunity to work with professors on research projects addressing real questions in areas that interest you, like pharmacology, medicine, or forensics. You’ll study the five areas of chemistry: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry.

You can choose from two possible degrees – a bachelor of science (BS) or a bachelor of art (BA). Choose the BS track if you are interested in employment as a chemist, working in research or pursuing graduate studies in chemistry or medicine. Choose the BA track to teach high school chemistry or enter a chemistry-related field like pharmaceuticals or textiles. Our major consists of a curriculum recommended by the American Chemist Society (ACS). 

“Conducting research not only provided me with a solid learning experience, it also opened my eyes to a new passion and career path. It has shaped me not only to be a more detail-oriented and critical thinking chemist, but also helped me grow into a persevering, inquisitive, and broad-minded student.” YeBon Lee '17

When You Graduate

Our program prepares students for successful careers or graduate study. Our 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.


Rogers Hall features dynamic, interactive classrooms and lab space, a vibrant state-of-the-art greenhouse and an exterior green wall in the shape of a double helix. The sustainability of hte building itself demonstrates the environmental conservation that's taught within its walls.

The Biomanufacturing Lab is a place for course-embedded and independent research projects focused on biodiesel, cellulosic biofuels and bio-products. Core principals of analytical chemistry, biotechnology and engineering are used to construct and critically evaluate systems to produce sustainable fuels, materials and even medicines.

Rogers Science Hall

Rogers Science Hall 

Chemistry internships
Extended ClassroomInternships
Our students have interned or researched at GlaxoSmithKline USA, Johns Hopkins University, and the Forensic Science Laboratory at the Virginia Dept. of General Services. Where will you intern?
Green Team
Clubs and OrganizationsGet Involved: Green Team
A student-run group that works together to impact positive environmental change, starting right on campus.
American Chemical Society
Clubs and OrganizationsAmerican Chemical Society
Connect with other chemistry majors to create community of chemists devoted to community outreach, scientific advancements and networking.

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