If you’re excited at the prospect of studying chemistry at a major research university but want the personal attention offered at a small college, UNE’s Bachelor of Science in Chemistry gives you the best of both worlds. You’ll learn important chemical principles of analytical, biological, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry, integrating theory with experimentation through labs and an uncommon breadth of undergraduate research opportunities. Our hands-on emphasis builds confidence in classic and state-of-the-art instrumental techniques while developing the problem-solving and communications skills you’ll need in the workplace.
Why UNE for Chemistry
The first institution in Northern New England to adopt the Green Chemistry Commitment, UNE integrates green chemistry theory and practice into our Chemistry curriculum. We provide hands-on laboratory experiments, lectures from experts, and an emphasis on mentored chemical research – all in an effort to prepare our students for a 21st century workforce that will be focused on chemical solutions to societal problems.
- Suite of modern instrumentation
- Large and active Chemistry Club, an award-winning chapter of the American Chemical Society
- Teaching assistantships
- Abundant local internship opportunities
Our students have landed jobs with Shell Oil, IDEXX, and the U.S. Office of Naval Research. With a solid foundation in all chemistry sub-fields, knowledge of laboratory techniques, the critical thinking skills you develop as a researcher, and the interpersonal skills you gain through internships and collaborative work with peers and faculty, you too will be poised to begin your successful career in a number of professions, including:
- Industrial Chemist
- Environmental Consultant
- Pharmaceutical Researcher
- Clinical Chemist
- Forensic Scientist
- Scientific Laboratory Technician
- Science Writer
- Science Teacher
Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.
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Your core courses will cover the foundations of chemistry and all of its subfields, while you can select areas of modern chemistry to study intensively as elective courses and through research. You’ll also cover lab techniques, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, scientific literacy, and scientific communication.
Examples of available courses
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Instrumental Analysis
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Computational Chemistry
- Qualitative Analysis
- Advanced Laboratory
Chemistry with Secondary Education Certification
If you are interested in using your Chemistry degree to teach high school Physical Science, you can complete a double major with Secondary Education or a major in Secondary Education and a concentration in Chemistry. For more information, see our Department of Education.
We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship, or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. You should consult with your major advisor or department chair for specific criteria and requirements.
Many Chemistry majors at UNE consider their close work with faculty on research projects to be the highlight of their college education. Beyond the lab, we provide opportunities for hands-on learning through internships as well as Chemistry Club events and demonstrations – because at UNE, we believe in learning by doing.
From synthesizing small molecule drugs and designing catalysts for chemical reactions to imaging biomaterials and exploring environmental toxicology, we offer unmatched opportunities for undergraduate research.
- Collaborate with faculty on innovative research
- Perform paid summer research
- Present at conferences and publish your findings
- Engage in research projects in your courses
You may intern at sites including hospitals, private or government labs, educational institutions, or science centers. We partner with several prestigious employers that provide internships, including:
- Shell Oil
- Katahdin Laboratories
- State of New Hampshire Pubic Health – Water Analysis Lab
See the world
Chemistry students at UNE are encouraged to seek the adventure of a semester abroad. Our programs in Seville, Spain, and Tangier, Morocco, offer labs in English, so you can stay on track with your course requirements. Shorter travel courses are another great option, with trips to places such as Mexico, Cuba, Kenya, Ireland, and Italy.
Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.
UNE is the first institution in Northern New England to adopt the Green Chemistry Commitment (GCC) — joining a consortium of approximately 40 other institutions of higher education nationwide which will share resources toward meeting common student learning objectives that are endorsed by leaders in the chemical industry.