Academics

Chemistry

Learn more about the chemistry degree program at Rollins College.
Mentors Who Matter

Mentors Who Matter

“What I really liked about Rollins, especially in the chemistry program, is that you have this close connection with your professors. I spent so much time with my research advisor, Dr. Park, it’s crazy. I remember one day we talked about a single problem for four hours.” Julian Grundler ’18, PhD Candidate, Yale University

Why Study Chemistry at Rollins

The team culture in the Rollins chemistry department encourages undergraduates to talk freely with professors starting your first year. With a faculty genuinely invested in the progress and success of each student, the chemistry program offers two degree tracks: one that’s certified by the American Chemical Society as the foundation for lab or tech careers and the other for students who envision going into pre-health, pre-law, or perhaps business.

Your research and internship experiences early on will help you determine what you want to pursue, and you’ll have personal guidance from faculty and advisors on each step of your journey.

Range of Expertise Each faculty member brings an interest in the subdisciplines of chemistry: nanotech, materials, medical, food, solutions, and others. You can narrow your focus according to your own interest.

Transferrable Skills Lab experiences are interactive to help develop life skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate your findings with scientists and laypeople alike.

Relationships with Faculty The chemistry major is small enough that every professor will know you by name and career goals. Because of this, they can advise coursework and internships to match your vision post-Rollins and write personalized recommendation letters for graduate or professional schools.

Popular Courses

Each class in chemistry is designed to prepare you for internships and research. You will use professional-grade lab equipment and access to scientific literature to develop solutions to real-world problems.

  • CHM 220 Organic Chemistry Students leave this lab with valuable synthetic skills. Learn how to make and characterize molecules, which then leads to the development of biologically active or natural products— medicines, for example.

  • CHM 320 Analytical Chemistry Does that pill really have 100 mg of what it says on the bottle? How do you know if your water is safe to drink? You will ask meaningful questions in sample analysis, and then find the answers using instrumental methods that impact fields ranging from forensics to the environment.

  • BCH 335 Biochemistry Former students say the lightbulbs really go off in this class. It sparks an understanding of the exciting connection between chemistry and biology, putting the pieces together for how our bodies work.

  • CHM 420 Medicinal Chemistry Take a giant leap forward in your growth as a potential pre-med student or pharmacy expert, delving into the application of chemistry and biochemistry in drug development.

  • CHM 460 Advanced Topics—Catalysis of Alternative Energy Find out where we are scientifically with ethanol, biofuels, and battery systems. On a practical level, how close are we to making them readily available and affordable—and what can we do to get there faster?

  • CHM 460 Advanced Topics—Nanotechnology The nano-world is so small, yet so important in the future of chemistry. Dive into scientific primary literature and make connections to real-world applications of nanotechnology that are in use—and those that are yet to come.

Beyond the Classroom

Summer Internships Chemistry students at Rollins have earned pre-health internships at the Mayo Clinic, Moffitt Cancer Center, and University of Virginia, and also in research-focused areas with law firms and the military.

Shadowing Opportunities By your sophomore year, you can spend time in a work environment to start determining firsthand if your vision for a career will meet expectations. This is a concrete way to identify your real passion. 

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Students can stay on campus for one-on-one research with a faculty member through the College’s Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program, or take advantage of the pipeline created by alumni to research-intensive universities like Georgia Tech or the University of Michigan.

Expert Faculty

The research experience in the chemistry major at Rollins is rich because all faculty members are active in research too. Each instructor brings depth in a specific subspecialty, so students can choose an interest for targeted instruction.
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Major and Minor Requirements

Visit the Rollins catalog to access the program requirements

Contact Info

Department of Chemistry
Bush Science Center
1000 Holt Ave. – 2743
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2223

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