Undergraduate Program


Cornell is an outstanding place to learn chemistry — understanding, investigating, and creating molecules and materials. The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology is home to leading researchers and educators having diverse interests and backgrounds. The Chemistry major at Cornell is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS). We invite you to explore Cornell’s undergraduate chemistry major in the pages below!

Prospective students

Chemistry involves understanding and manipulating matter at the molecular and atomic level. It is an experimental science, guided and inspired by theory. Chemists use careful reasoning and trial-and-error experimentation to create new molecules in order to explore new materials, study biological processes, and develop therapeutics, with the common goal of ultimately improving everyday life.

Learn more about the chemistry undergrad program

Information for majors

The Chemistry major offers a flexible route to earning the A.B. degree in Chemistry. The curriculum is organized around the sub-disciplines of Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry.

Learn more about the chemistry curriculum, double majoring, and research opportunities offered to chemistry majors. 

Information for chemistry majors

Resources for undergraduates

Find information ranging from selecting the right course to transferring credits.

Undergraduate resources

Contacts for the undergraduate program

Office of Undergraduate Studies
Dept. of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Cornell University
136 Baker Laboratory
Ithaca, NY 14853-1301
(607) 255-5287
Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

If you are a prospective student, interested in applying to the major, or have a general question about Chemistry at Cornell, please direct your questions to the Office of Undergraduate Studies at chemundergrad@cornell.edu.

Cornell students wishing to schedule a meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies should send an email to chemdus@cornell.edu.