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Chemistry
  • Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1

Chemistry

Fisher’s chemistry program lets you experience your own personal “addition reaction.” Combine the program’s superlative faculty, outstanding facilities, and leading-edge equipment with your thirst for knowledge and you form a bond that simply cannot be broken.

Small class size is an additional, compelling reason to study chemistry at Fisher. As a chemistry major, you typically will be joined by 20-35 students for introductory courses, and fewer than 10 once you get to the upper-level classes. In short, you'll receive plenty of personalized attention.

The program has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS approval means you'll get a broad-based, rigorous chemistry education that will give you the skills you need to become an effective scientific professional.

Program Overview

Fisher chemistry majors choose to earn either a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts degree. These differ in the number of required courses in mathematics and chemistry. The B.S. degree requires that students shoulder a slightly heavier course load in these disciplines.

Regardless of which option you pursue, your first two years in the chemistry program will involve the same sequence of introductory courses. In addition, you will take Sophomore Seminar and Senior Seminar - two one-credit courses that emphasize career/graduate school opportunities and current research topics, respectively. In general, your oral and written communication skills will be put to the test in both lecture and laboratory courses.

Those intent on teaching should consider a double major in chemistry and inclusive adolescence education.

Life After Fisher

A bachelor's degree in chemistry allows for many different career paths. After graduation, you might opt for a chemical-industry career, in the private sector or for the government, or elect to pass your knowledge on to the next generation as a high school chemistry teacher.

You might also decide to pursue an advanced degree in the field, or enroll in professional school (medicine, dentistry, veterinary studies, law). Fisher chemistry graduates have attended schools such as:

  • MIT
  • Cornell University
  • University of Rochester
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Penn State
  • Duke University
  • Upstate and Syracuse Medical Schools

What I love most is the 'Fisher Family' aspect on campus. Everyone wants you to succeed and is so friendly that it really gives you a home away from home. I love feeling like my voice matters and that those around me want to see me do my best. ”


Leanne Maltese
  • Leanne Maltese '18
  • Chemistry major

My advice to freshman is to realize what you have here. You are in college, learning all day. Do not waste this time being angry about real or imagined slights or complaining about the work. Don't rush through a class, don't skip the readings for skimming the PowerPoint. Don't waste this time. ”


Benjamin Reinhardt
  • Benjamin Reinhardt '17
  • Biochemistry major