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.
As you work toward earning a chemistry bachelor's at WPI, 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 pursuing a bachelor of science in chemistry begin working in labs right away, enabling them to connect classroom knowledge with real-world applications. You will conduct research and complete 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.
Through our well-rounded chemistry bachelor’s curriculum, you will develop a broad base of knowledge and hands-on expertise using scientific tools and techniques.
As you pursue your bachelor of science in chemistry, you’ll build 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. Explore some of the chemistry bachelor’s courses at WPI here.
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.
Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internship, earning 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.
Gain a Foundation in Chemistry With a Minor
Interested in the field, but not sure that a bachelor of science in chemistry is right for you? Our chemistry minor gives students the chance to gain a broad understanding of chemistry or delve into a specific area like molecularity, experimental chemistry, quantum chemistry, and more.
Explore Similar BS Programs
Do you have a passion for chemistry, but want to dive into the study of living organisms? Our bachelor’s in biochemistry exposes undergrads to chemical process of living organisms through cutting edge project work. Our biochemistry BS is also offered as a BS/MS option where students can earn their master’s degree in four to five years. Maybe you have a specific interest in processing and manufacturing chemicals to develop products? Our chemical engineering BS will get you on the fast track to becoming a chemical engineer.
Explore the Field of Environmental Engineering
Whether you’re looking for a double major or a minor to complement your chemistry bachelor’s, consider WPI’s environmental engineering program. With courses in everything from sustainability to remediating contaminated sites, you’ll have everything you need to build a foundation of knowledge surrounding this in-demand field.
Take the Next Step with an MS in Chemistry
You’ve already got your bachelor of science in chemistry; what’s next? If you’re interested in delving deeper into the field, consider an MS degree in chemistry from WPI. This part-time program is flexible and can be tailored to your specific goals as you explore in-depth topics in modern chemistry.
Continue Your Education with a PhD
Building upon BS and MS degrees, WPI’s PhD in chemistry gives you the chance to join a collaborative research community and build upon your education and expertise. Take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities and mentorship from renowned faculty as you contribute to research surrounding topics ranging from nanotechnology and biomedical sensors to clean energy.