The Bachelor of Arts in chemistry gives students a good foundation in theory and practice, with more flexibility than the Bachelor of Science degree.  Students in this program who intend to pursue advanced study in chemistry should pursue additional preparation through research.

Fast Facts
  • Exceptional facilities and state-of-the-art instrumentation
  • Highly research-active faculty supervise a large undergraduate research program
  • Flexibility to pursue other coursework
  • Research is encouraged but not required
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What You'll Study

Study all chemistry disciplines, theory, instructional labs, and seminar


Professors who prioritize research with Trinity students

The chemistry faculty's expertise spans all the major subdisciplines of chemistry—analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic, and physical—and instructors are eager to work closely with students on exciting projects at the frontier of chemical research.

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Adam Urbach, Ph.D.
Acting Chair
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Nathalia Almeida
Visiting Assistant Professor
Meredith (Mia) Borden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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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
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Maggie Gustafson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Victoria Hunter
Visiting 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 & Chair Chemistry, Director BCMB
Nancy Stewart Mills
Nancy Stewart Mills, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
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Graham Piburn
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Benjamin F. Plummer, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Chris Pursell
Christopher Pursell, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
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Rebecca Rapf, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Jason Shearer, Ph.D.
Semmes Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Student Opportunities

Trinity’s highly active undergraduate chemistry state-of-the-art facilities and research programs prepare students through hands-on learning.


McGavock Scholarship

McNair Scholars Program

Semmes Distinguished Scholars in Science Award

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 chemistry course requirements are highly sequential, and so careful, advanced planning must be made in order to accomplish a semester of study...

Spaces and Facilities

The chemistry department is located in Trinity’s Center for the Sciences and Innovation, which boasts 280,000 square feet of high-quality laboratory...

Student Organizations

These service organizations promote scientific literacy, public outreach, career and professional development, inclusion and diversity, and faculty...

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

A strong scientific foundation that can lead to many interesting careers.

With a B.A. in chemistry, students can pair a challenging chemistry curriculum with other interests, for example secondary teaching, premedical training, or interdisciplinary studies.



Students earning the B.A. in chemistry often attend graduate school, but the degree is also useful for students interested in other directions, including teaching, art conservation, health professions, and interdisciplinary studies.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Harvard University
  • Northwestern University
  • Rice University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison

Career Areas:

  • Art
  • Biophysics
  • Education
  • Environmental science
  • Medicine
  • Oceanography
  • Toxicology

    Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:

    • Dow Chemical Company
    • Genentech
    • Southwest Research Institute


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