Chemistry Major (BA, BS)

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The study of chemistry is a study of how the world works. As you study how atoms, molecules, and interactions underpin the world around us, you'll develop technical skills—from developing and running experiments to analyzing data and presenting persuasive reports—that will propel you to success in any career path you pursue.

A Hamline chemistry degree is a gateway into a wide variety of careers not just in chemistry but in biology, health, forensics, manufacturing, government, law, and business. Companies are eager to hire candidates with chemistry backgrounds as more industries are tackling challenges related to energy, food, and climate in their fields.

We're dedicated to giving you a solid chemical education with numerous hands-on research opportunities. Our faculty conduct research across a wide range of fields, and you'll collaborate with them to join or create a research project that interests and excites you.

Internships for chemistry students

We make sure you leave Hamline with work experience in the field of chemistry on your resume. And the opportunities are boundless. Whether you want to explore a career in chemical engineering, industrial design, environmental science, or more, we have internship opportunities for you.

Past chemistry students' internships have included:

  • Defense Forensic Science Center, research intern
  • Fairview Ridges Hospital, pharmacy technician intern
  • John Glenn Middle School, AVID tutor
  • LabCorp, clinical access lab assistant
  • Medtox Laboratories, specimen processing intern
  • Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, intern
  • Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, toxicology intern
  • 3M Electronic Materials and Solutions Division, quality intern

Student research opportunities

At Hamline, students participate in research with faculty as early as their first year, something usually reserved for graduate students at other institutions. You'll design and conduct your own research project based on your individual interests and goals.

The list of possible research projects is as varied as our students. For example, picture yourself:

  • Identifying molecules related to disease and the detection of biomarkers
  • Designing new biodegradable polymers for ecologically friendly consumer uses
  • Testing methods of detecting trace materials for forensics applications
  • Experimenting with surface compositions to control wetting behaviors

During your research process, you’ll collaborate with scientists at major research institutions, publish your research in scientific journals, and present your work at local, regional, and national conferences.

Each summer, 10–15 students participate in the chemistry summer research program. Applications are open in the spring term of each year. Academic year opportunities are also available. Contact a faculty member if you are interested in pursuing on-campus research.

2024 Summer Research Application

Explore career paths

Our innovative courses and one-on-one mentoring by faculty will give you the tools to succeed in a variety of jobs, such as:

  • Toxicologist
  • Water quality technician
  • Forensic scientist
  • Geochemist
  • Materials scientist
  • Oceanographer
  • Environmental consultant

You can also put your degree to work in any number of fields, including:

  • Crime lab research
  • Agricultural chemistry
  • Consumer product management
  • Food and flavor chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Water and pollution management

Take your studies further with graduate school

Our graduates have gone on to graduate schools across the country in the pursuit of master’s and doctoral degrees. Examples of programs and schools include:

  • PhD in chemistry, University of Oregon
  • MD, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
  • Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • PhD in Chemistry, University of California Berkeley