Chemistry

Small classes ensure that you will work closely with faculty, both in the classroom and laboratory. You will also get plenty of hands-on experience with the latest equipment. 

Our chemistry majors, regardless of whether they pursue a career, grad school or med school after graduation, report that they feel better prepared for their next step than their peers from other schools.

Biochemistry Track 

The biochemistry field is booming. Prepare yourself to take advantage of the tremendous job growth in this intellectually challenging field.

The study of biochemistry will also prepare you for graduate study in a variety of areas. Of Baker graduates who applied to medical school (MD and DO), 90% were accepted. And 100% were accepted into dental school.

Original Research

The majority of our chemistry majors work with a faculty member on a research project, and some of our laboratory courses include student-designed projects.

Internships & Summer Research

  • During January Interterm many students shadow a physician or professional chemist.
  • The majority of our majors find full-time summer work in a chemical laboratory or in a research program at a major university.

Preparation for Med School

  • A major in chemistry is a strong choice for students who plan to attend medical school.
  • Of those who apply, Baker students are accepted into medical school at a 90% rate. The national average is 44%.

Preparation for Grad School

  • Two recent Baker chemistry majors were offered KU's most prestigious scholarship, the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship.
  • A recent graduate earned her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Preparation for a Career

Baker chemistry majors find employment in a variety of fields:

  • Chief scientist at Oncimmune, which develops technology for early cancer detection
  • Forensic chemist for the FBI
  • Analysts in environmental chemistry and chemical synthesis
  • Chemistry professors and teachers
  • Medical doctors
  • Researchers