At USF you’ll spend as much time in the field as you will in the classroom, exploring the real- world applications of chemistry. Research is a core aspect of the curriculum and you’ll have access to a variety of research and professional opportunities — both on campus and in the scientific community.
As a Chemistry major, you have the choice of completing a research project or participating in an internship.
The teaching is different here: the professors connect the material to real-life situations in a way that helps you remember it. USF has done a great job preparing me and adapting to my needs and interests.
Jordan Schneider ‘18
Research projects evolve from students’ interests and can expand into the field of Biology and Environmental Science. Recent projects include:
Some students opt to do an internship in an industrial setting. Recent sites include:
Since 2012, USF chemistry students have partnered with the Allen County Department of Health on a Lead Testing & Awareness Campaign. The original team designed and conducted a lead contamination analysis on homes in Fort Wayne. When more than 80% tested positive, the project incorporated a public health and treatment campaign. The students presented their study at the American Chemical Society conference and won 3rd place in the poster competition. The study is ongoing and USF students continue to test and analyze homes.
Of USF Chemistry graduates are hired into professional positions or accepted into graduate, medical or pharmacy school within 6 months of graduation.
Expected job growth for chemists by 2026
The median annual wage for chemists (per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The Chemistry program does a great job preparing students for careers. I know this as a graduate and a professional. Whenever I hire bachelor-level chemists, I look for certain skills: a strong foundational understanding of chemistry, of course, but also the ability to solve problems. This, along with extensive lab work, distinguishes the USF chemistry program.
Nancy Concepcion ’91
Senior Manager of Technology
Polymer Diagnostics, Inc.
USF students regularly travel to present their research at scientific conferences:
Chemistry majors participate in summer research with USF faculty or through National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates, including:
The work I’m doing now is the direct result of my USF experience. Throughout my time at USF, the professors always made me feel like a real researcher. They taught me to think deeply and seek a deeper truth, skills I use every day.
Alexandra Meyer ’15
Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Get direct experience working with professional instrumentation in USFs on-campus lab — and start your freshman year! Our Chemistry Lab houses the same instruments used in professional labs throughout the industry, including spectrophotometers, fluorimeters, electroanalytical devices, a variety of spectrometers, and more.
Join Sigma Pi, an organization for science and math students who want to be involved in events on campus and in the community. Sigma Pi provides an open forum for like-minded students with a shared interest in all things scientific! Events and opportunities include: judging science fairs at local schools; sponsoring a research exhibition; organizing the National Chemistry Week celebration, tutoring, and more.