As a chemistry student at Transylvania, you'll become skilled at problem solving, develop a strong foundation in all areas of chemistry, and gain an excellent foundation for graduate studies or a scientific career. You'll have the opportunity to participate in the American Chemical Society's student affiliate group and attend national meetings to report on research and learn what chemists are doing around the world.
A degree in chemistry provides a foundation for a career in biochemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science, medicine, and other health care areas. Many chemists work in the private sector, particularly in industry, where they develop and improve products and processes.
Government agencies also employ chemists in medical, agricultural, and other research.
The Transylvania Edge
Transylvania students can train on a variety of instruments, including a high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, mass spectrometer, gas chromatograph, ultraviolet and Fourier-transformed infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometers, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), atomic absorption (AA) spectrometer, and Raman spectrometer. At larger universities, undergraduate students may not have access to this variety of equipment.
Opportunities in the major:
- American Chemical Society student affiliate
- Research experiences both on and off campus
- Attend regional and national research conferences
Student affiliates of the American Chemical Society
This society is the student section of the biggest professional society in the world. It exists to promote student research in the chemical sciences and also to give opportunities and encouragement for outreach to the community, elementary, middle and high schools, science fairs, etc., as well as provide social and career networking opportunities to its members. Members generally tend to work with a Transylvania faculty member on research projects, which commonly are presented at the American Chemical Society national and regional meetings. The national society partially finances student travel and outreach efforts.