Chemistry is the study of the nanoworld, the world of atoms and molecules spanning dimensions from one to several thousand angstroms. Chemists study the architecture of this miniature universe, explore the changes which occur, unravel the principles which govern these chemical changes, and devise ways to create entirely new compounds and materials. Past triumphs of chemistry include the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and agricultural products, while future challenges include chemical memory, solar cells, superconductors, and the solution of numerous important problems relating to health and the environment.
The undergraduate program in chemistry at MIT aims to provide rigorous education in the fundamental areas of chemical knowledge and chemical 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 UROP program.
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 such as the Spring Banquet.
If you have questions about the undergraduate admissions at MIT please contact the Admissions Office. If you are visiting campus and would like to learn more about the Department of Chemistry please contact Jennifer Weisman.