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Department of Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of matter and the transformations that occur in material things. It is one of the basic sciences, and it is fundamental to the study of all other basic sciences.

People who study chemistry are interested in explaining how our universe works. They want to harness knowledge in a way that provides for the creation of new materials that will improve our lives and our environment. In short, chemists are people who like to solve problems.

The chemistry major at the University of Richmond provides a strong basic background in the major sub-disciplines of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and biochemistry).

As a result, Richmond chemistry graduates are well equipped to:

  • Go on to the best chemistry graduate programs in the country
  • Enter the work force as chemists in industry and government
  • Pursue studies in the health professions, allied health professions and law
  • Proceed into careers as secondary school teachers
  • Develop careers in sales and marketing for technical industry
  • And countless other options