Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Undergraduate Chemistry Degree Overview

In addition to its technology-focused curriculum and state-of-the-art laboratories, Georgia Tech’s Bachelor's in Chemistry program offers several key advantages: 

  • The opportunity to work on cutting-edge research projects with world-class faculty and facilities, so you can round out your education by practicing what you have learned.
  • Flexible degree options: You can customize your degree to fit your specific interests and career goals. 
  • Atlanta location: Atlanta, Georgia is one of the most tech-savvy cities in the U.S. and home to some of the world’s most prestigious company headquarters. 

As a Chemistry major, you will acquire a basic competence and knowledge in the physical and biological sciences. You will also develop a strong understanding of chemical principles, and learn to apply them to real-world problems.  

 

Chemistry Degree Concentrations and Options


Concentrations

Customize your curriculum plan to match your specific interests and career plans.


Options

Increase your competitiveness for jobs and graduate school by adding a designation to your degree.

  • Prepare for a global career. Learn more about the International Plan.
  • Pursue an in-depth, long-term research experience that culminates in a final paper or thesis. Learn more about the Research Option.


Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program contains the following: general core classes; technical courses that provide a strong background in mathematics; technical electives to explore areas in greater depth; courses involving undergraduate research, and free electives. Explore the Chemistry degree courses.


Rankings and Awards

Georgia Tech’s School of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty members are frequently recognized for their outstanding contributions to their fields.

  • A National Medal of Science Winner
    A presidential award given to individuals deserving of special recognition for their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences.
  • 10 Sloan Research Fellowships
    Awarded for distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to the field.
  • 15 National Science Foundation CAREER Award Winners
    The National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for early-career teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. 

 

What Can You Do with a Chemistry Degree?

Holding a chemistry degree in opens up a wide spectrum of opportunities, including careers in chemistry or other fields such as:

  • Research Scientist
  • Lab Manager
  • Physician/Medical Doctor
  • Pharmacist
  • College Professor
  • High School Teacher
  • Dentist
  • Lawyer
  • Veterinarian


What Are Georgia Tech Graduates Doing Now?

  • Pursuing studies at top professional (graduate, medical, pharmacy, dental) schools across the U.S.
  • Serving as president and dean at a prestigious school of medicine.
  • Overseeing fuel production as vice president for a start-up advanced fuel cell technology company.
  • Serving as a prominent ear, nose, and throat surgeon.
  • Working as a global supply planner for a Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company.
  • Managing brands at one the largest manufacturers and distributors of pulp and paper products.


Chemistry Research Opportunities

  • Explore opportunities to conduct research in chemistry while getting your degree. Get all the details and next steps here: Undergraduate Research.


Beyond the Classroom

  • Gain employment experience and benefit from real-world experience in your field. Learn more about the Co-op Program.
  • Conduct supervised research in a chemical or related organization. Learn more about the Undergraduate Internship Program.
  • Access leadership, career, and mentorship opportunities. Join one of the many chemistry and biochemistry organizations. See all Community Organizations.
  • Students in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry have a wide range of opportunities for undergraduate study at institutions throughout the world. Learn more about study abroad and international opportunities.


Stories from the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

BS Chemistry student Michael Chen

Undgrad Michael Chen Discovered His True Calling

“Coming to Tech allowed me to discover what I truly wanted to do in life.”

Organic Chemistry Professor Gary Schuster

In the Classroom with Gary Schuster

The Organic Chemistry professor gives Peter Pan partial credit for inspiring his 50-year career in academia.

BS Chemistry alumnae Valerie Rice

Chemistry Alumnae Delivers Commencement Addresses

Alumna Valerie Montgomery Rice is the sixth president of the Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a renowned infertility specialist and researcher who founded and directed the Center for Women’s Health Research.

BS Chemistry professor Seth Marder

Seth Marder: Transcending Standard Research and Teaching

“People who have the desire to work to build a better place really could have the opportunity to do so in the Georgia Tech environment.”