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Chemistry and Biochemistry

What is this major?
Chemistry, the study of matter, focuses on how substances are formed and transformed by chemical reactions. The study of chemistry gives students a working knowledge of chemical principles, allowing them to perform chemical experiments; initiate and sustain research projects; and to think abstractly, conceptualizing reactions and relationships as they analyze data and draw conclusions.Biochemistry, the interface between chemistry and biology, is concerned with the chemistry of biological reactions, and the regulations of these reactions. This rapidly growing field of study includes the investigation of chemical changes in disease, drug action, and other aspects of medicine as well as in nutrition, genetics, and agriculture.

What can I do with this major?

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level Further Education/Experience Required
  • laboratory technician
  • quality control technician
  • associate chemist
  • technical sales representative
  • analytical chemist
  • clinical technician
  • chemist
  • pharmaceutical researcher
  • research chemist
  • chemical safety engineer
  • clinical chemist
  • pharmacologist
What skills will I improve/gain?
Developing theories, science and math ability, conducting research, perseverance, attending to data, analytical skills, curiosity, follow-through skills, utilizing formulas, performing experiments, processing data, observation and decision-making skills, working independently and in groups, technological skills, oral and written communication

Who employs graduates from this major?
Pharmaceutical companies, state/federal government, colleges/universities, chemical companies, food companies, textile manufacturers, newspapers and magazines, petroleum refineries, mining companies, Food and Drug Administration

What is special about this major at Hartwick?

  • Internships and off-campus opportunities
  • Student affiliate membership in the ACS and membership in the ACS-Student Affiliate
  • Research opportunities

Visit the Chemistry Department Web page.

Department Chair
Susan Young, 607-431-4756, youngs@hartwick.edu 

Major Connections Contacts
Please contact the Department Chair by e-mail to ask for the names of a few upper-level students you can contact.

Why contact upper-level students? These students can be a good resource to learn what a major is like, what careers are typical, what the professors are like, or even to learn what helped them to decide on this major.