Photo of ElmSTEM scholar and chemistry major April Thresher in front of a white board.

Why Elms for your Chemistry degree?

  • Conduct innovative research and present your work at STEM conferences.
  • Work with state-of-the-art equipment in the Lyons Center, a $12 million facility for natural and health sciences.
  • Explore the ethical applications of medicine, technology, and pharmaceuticals through our bioethics and medical humanities minor.

Explore the (Sub)atomic World

Chemistry majors at Elms College go below the surface of things. You’ll study the properties and interactions of atoms and molecules. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of organic and inorganic matter. Most importantly, you’ll find creative ways to apply chemical science to make a better world.

Our award-winning professors help you cultivate your talents in the classroom and lab. Small class sizes mean that you go beyond simply reading about concepts and theories. Instead, you’ll be challenged to build your knowledge and skills through independent research. Chemistry faculty often invite majors to collaborate with them on long term studies as well.

Be a Solutions Expert

The beauty of earning a chemistry degree is that it can take you anywhere. Chemists use their skills to do everything from improving the durability of plastics to enhancing the flavor of food and beverages. You can go on to:

  • Work in the private sector. Biotechnology, pharmaceutical research, and biomedical engineering are just a few of the industries where chemists make a difference. A thorough understanding of chemistry can also pave the way to careers in the health professions.
  • Work for a government agency. Chemists can support the public good by working for think tanks, public health institutes, and government agencies. Public service is a smart option for students committed to social justice.
  • Work in education. The periodic table. Chemical reactions. Biochemistry. Sound like your passion? If so, double major in chemistry and education.
  • Work for a nonprofit. Elms is all about interdisciplinary study. The liberal arts courses you take along with your chemistry requirements will teach you to put science into context, and how to make it relatable to non-experts.

Unlock Your Potential

Our alumni leave campus feeling confident about their ability to make a positive difference through their work. Recent graduates of our program have gone on to Ph.D. programs at Brown University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Connecticut, and Boston College.

Other alumni have found jobs as chemists at local companies, including Solutia, Morton Salt, and Minute Maid. Many graduates have pursued teaching careers, often finding positions in high schools in Western Massachusetts.

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Degree Option

Bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in chemistry; minor in chemistry

  • Conduct original research in the Lyons Center, a state-of-the-art research facility.
  • Gain hands-on experience with organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry, and connect your studies to fields like applied mathematics and computer science.
  • Benefit from personalized instruction and small class sizes.
  • Connect with faculty about career development.
  • Explore extracurricular opportunities in Western Massachusetts.

Kyle Beaudette '21

Photo of Kyle Beaudette '21, a double major in biology and chemistry

“For me, the main difference between high school and college is that you can actually pursue science outside of the classroom.”

Before he came to Elms, Kyle didn’t have any formal experience with research. That all changed, however, when he began assisting Professor Janet Williams with a study during his freshman year. Now, the biology and chemistry double major says that he’s gaining valuable experience researching the viability and efficiency of probiotics. Kyle is also the recipient of the Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award, which recognizes academic excellence by the top-ranking freshman enrolled in general chemistry.