The Department of Chemistry offers courses of study leading to either a Bachelor of Science degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree or a minor in Chemistry. Students satisfying the requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree will be certified by the American Chemical Society.
Students who major in chemistry are qualified for many pursuits. They may choose to work in chemical industry; continue advanced studies in chemistry; take professional training in medicine, dentistry or other health-related fields; prepare to teach at the secondary level; or pursue opportunities in related fields such as environmental science, forensics, business and industry.
Elon's chemistry program provides the opportunity for students to engage with faculty in undergraduate research and to gain direct experience with new instrumentation using today's state-of-the-art technology. The results of this research are presented at local, regional and national scientific meetings.
Another key feature of the program is the introduction and use of instrumentation in the first-year general chemistry sequence and its continued emphasis throughout the chemistry curriculum. Student participation in assisting in laboratory instruction is strongly advised and supported.
The students join a global community of Fellows charged with increasing campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity.
Khmer Times, an English-language news outlet in Cambodia, recently featured Elon senior Usaphea Vanna.
Research by Greg Haenel, professor of biology, and Victoria Moore, associate professor of chemistry, brought together expertise from their departments to better understand how mitochondria respond evolutionarily to extreme environments and hybridization.
A. L. Hook Emerging Scholar Jen Dabrowski authored a peer-reviewed article in the journal Nature Reviews Chemistry
Assistant Professor Jen Dabrowski of the Department of Chemistry joined the Elon faculty in 2015.