Chemistry Major

The chemistry major can prepare you for graduate study in chemistry, for teaching chemistry at the high school level or for a career as a professional chemist in government or industrial labs. In addition, this major can prepare you for work in such fields as environmental control and science marketing and sales.


  • You will receive hands on experience as Simpson College has several instrument labs with state-of-the-art instruments including a Atomic Force Microscope, gas chromatographs, a FT-Infrared spectrometer, a 60 MHz FT-NMR spectrometer, several UV-VIS absorption spectrometers & a fluorescense spectrometer.
  • When you are interested and ready you can be involved in an active research program on Simpson’s campus you may begin. The department has lab space dedicated to student research, which provides not only bench space, but also “office” space for several students who register for separate research credit.

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