The undergraduate program in chemistry at MIT aims to provide rigorous education in the fundamental areas of chemical knowledge and experimentation. The program is sufficiently flexible in its electives to provide an excellent preparation for careers in many different areas of chemistry. The chemistry major is designed to provide an education based on science both for students planning to go on to graduate study, and for those intending to immediately pursue professional careers in chemistry or an allied field in which sound knowledge of chemistry is important.
Students at all levels are encouraged to undertake original research under the supervision of a member of the chemistry faculty through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). It is the goal of the undergraduate chemistry program to encourage students to become active members within the departmental academic community. Interaction between undergraduates, faculty, and graduate students is strongly promoted through class and laboratory contact, advising, and through more informal functions.