• Chemistry Program

    Hamline’s chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training, which recognizes the highest quality of undergraduate chemistry education in the country. Of the 8–14 chemistry majors who graduate from Hamline each year, 70% earn the ACS-certified major, placing Hamline among the top 50 undergraduate institutions in the nation for producing such graduates. 

    The chemistry curriculum at Hamline emphasizes an understanding of the fundamental theoretical concepts surrounding the molecular sciences. Students use math, theory, and experimentation to study matter, while developing essential skills in problem solving, the construction of models, and the interpretation of data. The department maintains an extensive collection of laboratory equipment including numerous spectrometers, a chromatograph, and two gloveboxes. Laboratory courses teach experimental design, instrumental methods, modern laboratory techniques, and data analysis. 

    A biochemistry major is available for those students seeking an interdisciplinary approach to the chemical and biological sciences, while the forensic sciences certificate also is a popular accompaniment for chemistry majors. Those students pursuing Hamline’s pre-health track with the goal of going on to medical or other professional schools often choose the chemistry major. 

    Additionally, majors have the opportunity to participate in biannual, semester-long chemistry seminars, which feature industry experts from a variety of companies and institutions. Students are exposed to current topics within the field and take major-specific courses on resume building and interviewing. Meanwhile, Hamline’s annual Mitsch Lecture Series invites prominent chemists to campus to speak on pioneering efforts in the field.

    Countless research opportunities are available to chemistry majors. Each summer 10–15 students participate in the chemistry summer research program on campus, collaborating with professors and conducting their own independent research. Students often present their findings at national conferences, where they network with professionals in the field. The department also is well connected to national research opportunities such as those with the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the NASA Undergraduate Research Program, the National Institutes of Health, and myriad scientific companies. Local companies include 3M, Ecolab, General Mills, Xcel Energy, Boston Scientific, and Medtronic among a host of others. 

    Careers and Graduate Work

    The career opportunities for chemistry majors are endless. They include: environmental or patent law, pharmaceuticals, oceanography, software design, space exploration, forensic science, biotechnology, metallurgy, medicine, engineering, geochemistry, and agrochemistry. Read more about life after Hamline.


     CHEM 1100: Chem-energetics 

    Students are introduced to basic principles of chemistry and demonstrate how they affect humankind and the environment. Topics include the ozone layer, global warming, acid rain, nuclear fission and fusion, nutrition, water as a natural resource, fossil and solar energy, and others. 

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    Hamline’s chemistry faculty has been ranked as one of the top in the nation for its dedication to undergraduate teaching. 

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