As a student in WPI’s Chemistry degree program, you will do much more than learn about chemical processes and materials—you will gain hands-on experiences using them to make exciting discoveries about the world around us.

Our undergraduate students begin working in labs right away, enabling them to connect classroom knowledge to real-world applications. You will conduct research and projects alongside our expert faculty in state-of-the-art facilities, such as the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park.

You will emerge as a complete chemist who challenges the status quo and is fully prepared to take on real-world problems.

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Curriculum

Through our well-rounded chemistry curriculum, you will develop a broad base of knowledge and hands-on expertise using scientific tools and techniques.

You’ll gain a strong foundation by delving into fundamental and advanced topics in experimental, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. Since chemistry plays a critical role in many other disciplines, you can complement your studies with courses and projects in subjects including physics, mathematics, biology, medicine, engineering, psychology, and more.

When you’re not in the classroom, you’ll be in the lab conducting experiments and exploring problems of interest to you—from the creation of new materials, to the discovery of cures for diseases and methods for cleaning up the environment.

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Project-based Learning

WPI undergraduate students are immersed in project work across all four years of study. Along the way, students not only conduct high-level research, but also master critical thinking, sharpen communication skills, learn to work effectively in teams, and undergo life-changing experiences. As a chemistry major, you'll work in classes, laboratories, and off-campus communities on such wide-ranging projects as recycling of rare earth materials to growing semiconducting crystals for solar energy harvesting.

More Value

Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internshipearning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.