College of Science

Chemistry at Purdue University has a ratio of 1 faculty member for every 8 undergraduates, which allows students to enjoy a great deal of individualized attention. It also offers opportunities for mentoring programs and cutting-edge undergraduate research in a wide range of fields from drug discovery to climate change. Chemistry majors can pursue one of two degrees: bachelor of science in chemistry, accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS); or the more flexible bachelor of science with chemistry as a field of study, which allows for specializations in ACS-accredited biochemistry or chemistry education.

The B.S. program with chemistry as a field of study is designed for those who want less specialized training in chemistry than is required for the B.S. in chemistry (ACS) degree.  Free electives allow a student to build a program of study in another area to complement a chemistry background.  It is possible, for example, to concentrate elective credit hours in one of the following areas: administration, biochemistry, chemical literature, chemical physics, computer applications in chemistry, cosmochemistry, geochemistry, patent law, and preprofessional.

There is also the opportunity to complete in five years a dual degree with chemical engineering or material science engineering, after acceptance into the College of Engineering.

Chemistry Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. To be considered for admission as a college transfer student, applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements for their desired major. In addition, some majors have course requirements. Requirements for this major are posted below (unless the program is closed to transfers).

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Additional Requirements: Completion of at least one semester of college-level calculus equivalent to MA 16100 or MA 16500 with a grade of C or higher.


Contact Information

Recruiting Coordinator
Phone: 765-494-1771


Many graduates work in research and development in a wide variety of fields, while others choose jobs such as lab supervisor, pharmaceutical sales, analytical services, or quality control. Students also learn communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills as well as the technical skills necessary for careers in biotechnology, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries.

Related Career Interests

Science and Research