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Chemistry is often called the “central science” because it is where the physical, applied, and life sciences intersect. A B.S. with major  in chemistry  provides you with a degree that can take you anywhere you want to go, offering promising and challenging career paths in an out of the chemistry field. During your time at UVM, you’ll learn cutting-edge research techniques in modern, state-of-the-art scientific facilities: the new UVM STEM building in the center of campus.

The B.S.  with major in Chemistry program features small classes, plenty of interaction with instructors and research opportunities that, at most schools, are only open to graduate students. The program fulfills all the requirements for graduate school, so you will be prepared to enter a graduate program after your time as an undergrad. For helpful guidance on whether the B.A. or B.S. program is right for you, refer to the B.A./B.S. comparison chart (PDF).

Major requirements


  • Chemical Engineer
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Healthcare Scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Forensic Scientist

Graduate Schools

  • Broad Institute
  • Cal Tech
  • University of Michigan
  • Stanford University
  • Harvard University

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Chemistry B.A. and B.S. Learning Goals

  1. Demonstrate general knowledge in chemistry across all subdisciplines and be able to apply chemical and physical principles in the solution of qualitative and quantitative chemical problems.
  2. Solve qualitative and quantitate problems by developing a rational strategy, including the ability to estimate the solution and test the validity of the solution. 
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in experimental chemical techniques and be able to apply these to practical and current problems in research.
  4. Describe the objective of a chemical experiment, execute the experiment correctly, and collect and analyze relevant data, akin to the scientific method. 
  5. Understand and adhere to procedures and regulations for the safe handling, use, and disposal of chemical reagents. 
  6. Collect data digitally and analyze such data with appropriate software.
  7. Locate, retrieve, and determine of the utility of chemical information using modern library search techniques. 
  8. Use chemical principles to critically evaluate current scientific literature.
  9. Present scientific data clearly and effectively through both written and verbal communication.