Undergraduate Programs

Why Study Chemistry at UNH?

The chemistry program at The University of New Hampshire is small enough to be personal, but broad enough to provide excellent opportunities for challenge and growth. Besides a strong program of study, BA & BS students have state-of-the-art research opportunities with our tenured and tenure-track faculty, all of whom hold Ph.D. degrees and are research-active. BS students gain additional research experiences in their Senior Thesis capstone courses, a yearlong research project. Students have access to newly renovated laboratories for course labs and research. Upon graduation, Chemistry majors pursue careers in industry, or attend graduate school, or find success in a variety of professional programs where they may study medicine, pharmacology, dentistry, veterinary medicine, business, or law.


"Chemistry is everywhere. From agriculture to health care, chemistry extends life and improves its quality. From disposable diapers to space suits, chemistry provides new materials -- for clothing, shelter, and recreation. From computer chips to fiber optics, chemistry is the foundation of today's high technology."

American Chemical Society, 1987

A study in chemistry is the pathway to multiple options. These options range from a career in education, law, forensics, medicine, biotechnology, environmental protection, technical sales, semiconductors, and industrial chemical production. The potential is limitless. Students interested in pursuing chemistry as an undergraduate degree have two options available to them, which are based on their career plans.

Since the required chemistry courses in both degree programs are the same first year, it is easy to change from one program to another.

There are also options for a chemistry minor and an Honors curriculum. The capstone of our B.S. program is a thesis program that requires a year of study in one of our active research groups. There are many opportunities for undergraduate research in our Department.

Undergraduate Life