Academic Programs



Possible career options:

  • College professor
  • Laboratory technician
  • Medical researcher
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative

Where our graduates study:

  • Yale University
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of California–Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical School

Where our graduates work:

  • Bioanalytical chemist, Eli Lilly
  • Senior chemist, Parke Davis and Company
  • Medical doctor, University of Louisville Medical School
  • Professor, University of Michigan
  • Mass spectroscopist, Pfizer Research and Development
  • Research toxicologist, Shell Oil

Program Overview

As a chemistry student at Transylvania, you'll become skilled at problem solving, develop a strong foundation in all areas of chemistry, and gain an excellent foundation for graduate studies or a scientific career. You'll have the opportunity to participate in the American Chemical Society's student affiliate group and attend national meetings to report on research and learn what chemists are doing around the world.

A degree in chemistry provides a foundation for a career in biochemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science, medicine, and other health care areas. Many chemists work in the private sector, particularly in industry, where they develop and improve products and processes.

Government agencies also employ chemists in medical, agricultural, and other research.

The Transylvania Edge

Transylvania students can train on a variety of instruments, including a high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, mass spectrometer, gas chromatograph, ultraviolet and Fourier-transformed infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometers,  high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), atomic absorption (AA) spectrometer, and Raman spectrometer. At larger universities, undergraduate students may not have access to this variety of equipment.

Opportunities in the major:

  • American Chemical Society student affiliate
  • Research experiences both on and off campus
  • Attend regional and national research conferences

Student affiliates of the American Chemical Society

This society is the student section of the biggest professional society in the world. It exists to promote student research in the chemical sciences and also to give opportunities and encouragement for outreach to the community, elementary, middle and high schools, science fairs, etc., as well as provide social and career networking opportunities to its members. Members generally tend to work with a Transylvania faculty member on research projects, which commonly are presented at the American Chemical Society national and regional meetings. The national society partially finances student travel and outreach efforts.

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