This is a rigorous chemistry degree, including all major areas of chemistry, seminar, and required research, plus significant coursework to prepare for advanced study in chemical engineering, including mass and energy balance, unit operations, reaction engineering and additional advanced coursework.

Fast Facts
  • Chemistry paired with relevant coursework for chemical engineering
  • Exceptional facilities and state-of-the-art instrumentation
  • Highly research-active faculty supervise a large undergraduate research program
Student working with a test tube as professor observes

What You'll Study


Professors who prioritize research with Trinity students

This program is supported by faculty from the departments of Chemistry and Engineering Science, with a broad range of expertise represented

Laura Hunsicker-Wang
Laura Hunsicker-Wang, Ph.D.
Department Chair
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John A. Burke, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Michelle Bushey
Michelle Bushey, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
Christina Cooley
Christina Cooley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ryan Davis
Ryan Davis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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William E. Kurtin, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Joseph Lambert
Joseph B. Lambert, Ph.D.
Research Professor of Chemistry
Corina Maeder
Corina Maeder, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Nancy Stewart Mills
Nancy Stewart Mills, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
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Benjamin F. Plummer, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Chris Pursell
Christopher Pursell, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Headshot of Rebecca Rapf
Rebecca Rapf, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Wei Li Reeves, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Jason Shearer
Jason Shearer, Ph.D.
Semmes Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Kristina Trevino
Kristina Trevino, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Adam Urbach
Adam Urbach, Ph.D.

Student Opportunities

State-of-the-art facilities and research opportunities

Boasting one of the largest undergraduate chemistry research programs in the country, Trinity prepares students through hands-on learning


McGavock Scholarship 

Provided to one junior and one senior major in the chemistry department each year in recognition of academic performance and...

Honors Programs

The honors program in chemistry requires three semesters of research and culminates in the writing and defense of an honors thesis and the...

Research Opportunities

Trinity has one of the most active chemistry undergraduate research programs in the country. 

Study Abroad

The course requirements for this program are highly sequential and demanding, and so careful, advanced planning must be made in order to accomplish a...

Spaces and Facilities

Chemistry majors get hands-on access to state-of-the-art instrumentation through instructional laboratory courses and research experiences.

Student Organizations

Students have opportunities to get involved with activities organized by the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates (Chemistry Club), the...

Student Awards and Recognition

The chemistry department awards students for outstanding performance in general chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical...

Lecture Series and Annual Events

The department maintains a regular chemistry seminar program that hosts a range of scientists who spend the day on campus visiting with students and...

When You Graduate

Prepared for industry or advanced study

Applied chemistry graduates are prepared to enter the workforce in chemistry and advanced study in chemistry and chemical engineering.


Trinity graduates do more than investigate social patterns: they apply their strong research skills to find creative solutions to modern problems across all career fields.

Graduates are especially valued for their technical abilities, such as conducting ethnographic interviews, surveys, delving into social statistics, and using GIS.

Career Areas:

  • Archaeology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Folklore
  • Forensics
  • Law Centers
  • Linguistics
  • Museum Studies
  • Nonprofits
  • Primatology
  • Public Health

    Graduate Schools or Programs:

    • Cultural studies
    • Ethnic studies
    • Medical school​​​​​​
    • Public health 
    • Sustainable development​​​​​​


        Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:

        • Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
        • University Health System
        • University of Houston
        • USAA

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