Meet Your Major

As a chemistry major, you’ll explore the scientific field that helps us understand how our world works and learn the fundamental theories and laboratory skills you need to excel in today’s fast-paced scientific world.

Through your coursework in chemistry, biology, math and physics, you’ll have the opportunity to work on research projects as varied as the detection of trace antibiotics in natural water and the development of microwave methods for organic synthesis.

As a chemistry major, you will:

  • Learn fundamental chemical concepts and laboratory skills.
  • Study the composition, structure and properties of matter and the changes it undergoes.
  • Learn to think broadly, creatively and independently within the field, and to communicate your scientific insight both in writing and orally.
  • Use cutting-edge tools and instruments available in top chemistry laboratories around the world.
  • Engage in original research on topics as varied as microwave chemistry and smart molecules.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll have the chance to conduct independent research, with guidance from a faculty mentor, and then present your work at conferences and in scientific journals. Plus, you’ll be able to discuss science outside the classroom by joining the Benzene Ring Chemistry Club, the Campus Environmental Sustainability Initiative and the Biology Club.

Career Options

A Merrimack chemistry degree will give you a strong foundation for success in a variety of careers and in graduate school. Many of our majors go on to graduate or professional school in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and dentistry, while others enter the workforce, where they are well positioned to compete in today’s job market. 

Possible positions for a chemistry major include: 

  • Analytical chemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Doctor
  • Environmental scientist
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Toxicologist

What You’ll Take


Required Courses

Chemistry

CHM 1110

General Chemistry I

CHM 1120

General Chemistry II

CHM 2210

Organic Chemistry I

CHM 2220

Organic Chemistry II

CHM 2320

Inorganic Chemistry 

CHM 3010

Junior Chemistry Seminar I

CHM 3020

Junior Chemistry Seminar II

CHM 3410

Analytical Chemistry

CHM 3570W

Biophysical Chemistry

CHM 3580

Physical Chemistry II 

CHM 4010

Senior Chemistry Seminar I

CHM 4020

Senior Chemistry Seminar II 

Biology

BIO 3037 

Cellular Biochemistry 

Mathematics

MTH 1217

Calculus I

MTH 1218

Calculus II

MTH 2219

Calculus III 

Physics

PHY 2211

Physics I

PHY 2212

Physics II  

Elective Courses

Personalize your experience by completing four credit hours of chemistry electives at the 4000 level or greater. Four credits may be satisfied by taking CHM 4800, CHM 4910 or CHM 4920. Internship courses (CHM 4930/4940) cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

ASC Certification

If you would like to earn your ACS Certification, you must also take:

CHM 4910

Directed Research I

CHM 4920

Directed Research II