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As a chemistry major, you’ll be prepared to pursue your professional goals, whether they include graduate school, a career in the chemical industry, teaching, or a professional program in a health-related field. Chemistry majors can also choose to participate in the Dual Degree Engineering Program.

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Walda Powell
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203 Science/Mathematics Bldg.
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Chemistry is a “central science” that connects biology, engineering, physics, and medicine. As such, it serves as a foundational major for many different careers. A major in chemistry is an excellent stepping stone to careers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, engineering, government, environmental agencies, and teaching. Learn more about what you can do with a major in chemistry. 

Meredith chemistry graduates have gone on to attend top graduate schools and professional programs including Yale Medical School, Brody School of Medicine, Duke University, University of Virginia, and University of Boulder - Colorado. Others have accepted professional positions at companies and organizations including Metabolon, KBI Biopharma, and the NC Department of Public Instruction. Read more »

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STEM at Meredith College

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Barbara Diamond

Barbara Diamond

Barbara Diamond, '20, discovered a passion for chemistry at Meredith. Now she's headed to the University of Texas, Arlington, to earn her Ph.D. 

Aly Henneberry

For as long as she can remember, Aly Henneberry, ’23, has loved three things: math, science, and tennis.

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Erica Occena

As a four-year starter on the Meredith softball team and a double major in biology and chemistry, Erica Occena, ’18, has challenged herself to grow and succeed in the future.


Students doing chemistry research

Chemistry students at Meredith conduct in-depth research in collaboration with their professors – and then go on to present that research at professional conferences. Read more »


Science and Mathematics Building

Science courses are housed in the Science and Mathematics Building (SMB), which contains 80,000 square feet learning space, including 13 dedicated research labs that support the needs of ongoing student and faculty research. Take the virtual tour. »


Chemistry majors participate in a variety of undergraduate internship opportunities with innovative research, scientific and technology-focused organizations in Raleigh, the Research Triangle and beyond. 

The Research Triangle


Meredith offers significant scholarships specifically for chemistry students as part of our efforts to support women entering STEM fields.

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