Bachelor degree
48 months
Application deadlines: January 1
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: $85
Intakes: September
International tuition: $58,920
Domestic tuition: $58,920

Program overview

Chemistry is currently making its largest impact on society at the nexus between chemistry and biology and the nexus between chemistry and engineering, particularly where new materials are being developed. A typical chemistry laboratory now has more computers than test tubes and no longer smells of rotten eggs. The chemistry department majors are designed to help students focus on these new developments and to understand the factors influencing the nature of the discipline. Because the science is constantly changing, courses change as well, and while organic and physical chemistry remain the bedrock courses, they too differ greatly from the same courses 40 years ago. Many consider biochemistry to be a foundation course as well. Although different paths within the chemistry major take different trajectories, there is a core that provides the essential foundation students need regardless of the path they choose. Students should consider majoring in chemistry if they share or can develop a fascination with the explanatory power that comes with an advanced understanding of the nature and influence of the microscopic world of molecules. Students who choose to major in chemistry may elect to continue graduate study in this field and obtain a Ph.D. which is a solid basis for a career in research, either in the industry or in a university. A major in chemistry also provides students with an astonishing range of career choices such as working in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries or in many other businesses where a technical background is highly desirable. Other options include becoming a financial analyst for a technical company, a science writer, a high school chemistry teacher, a patent attorney, an environmental consultant, or a hospital laboratory manager, among others. The choices are both numerous and various as well as intellectually exciting and personally fulfilling.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



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We take a holistic approach when evaluating applicants for admission. A variety of factors inform our decision on a candidate. Curriculum and Grades We hope to see that a student is avidly pursuing intellectual growth with a rigorous course load. Context Family circumstances, secondary school, community, interests and access to resources. Extracurricular Activities The quality of a student's involvement in activities beyond the classroom. Character A student's personality, and the impact they will make on our diverse, residential campus. Fit The student's fit for the distinctive Columbia experience, which includes the Core Curriculum; a both traditionally collegiate and unmistakably urban campus life; and an Ivy League school where curious thinkers come to grow. Recommendations Evidence of intellectual curiosity and promise, classroom and school and community participation, and overall potential for the candidate to make an impact at Columbia, in the classroom and beyond. English Language Proficiency requirement: TOEFL 100 (Internet-based test) and 600 (paper-based test); IELTS minimum score of 7.0; DET (Duolingo English Test) minimum score of 120

Career opportunities

Students at Columbia University have a wide range of options for employment, including work-study programs, part-time jobs in university departments, internships both on and off campus, and teaching or research assistants. Career Centers in each School prepares graduating students to enter the job market.

Campus location

New York City , United States

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