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We have chemistry to thank for so many things – from the bacteria-killing chlorine in our water to the semiconductors in our smartphones. Chemistry literally makes modern life possible. Earn a chemistry degree from Eckerd College and you’ll be ready to take on the world, whether that means grad school or a career in industry or government.


A hands-on approach

Sharpen your lab skills by joining one of several research teams working in our well-equipped lab. You’ll get experience with our 300 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer, a piece of equipment most students don’t touch until graduate school.

High med school acceptance

Nearly all the chemistry and biochemistry majors who apply to medical school are accepted. All of your Eckerd science and math classes count toward med school admission requirements. Liberal arts courses round out your education.

Chemistry major Kimberly Anderson '14

In Their Own Words

“The ever-encouraging Eckerd chemistry faculty continue to mentor me as I navigate my grad studies in toxicology. It was their dedication and genuine passion for teaching that facilitated the rigorous undergraduate education I received. They are a fantastic group of educators who are always willing to go the extra mile for their students.”
— Kim Anderson ’14
Graduate Student, UC Berkeley

Beyond the Classroom

Join the 6-10 students who spend each summer doing research on campus. We currently have three teams studying:

  • The group application of quantum mechanics via computer simulations,
  • How to synthesize anti-cancer molecules and then test them in various cancer cell lines and
  • The chemistry of simple zinc (II) and cobalt (II) coordination complexes. This research could lead to new drugs that treat diseases like osteoarthritis.

Want more? Attend local and national scientific conferences to showcase your undergraduate research progress, such as the American Chemical Society meetings. One of our students even spent two consecutive summers at the The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, working on organic catalytic syntheses of biologically active molecules!

We offer more than 300 study abroad destinations every year, including three-week study trips between semesters and alternative spring break service projects in Mexico, Guyana, Iceland, Panama and Cuba.

Study Abroad Pics on Flickr

Roll up your sleeves and show local kids how fun science can be at the annual St. Petersburg Science Festival. You’ll make slime, build molecular models and carry out alchemy-type transformations by plating pennies and flasks with silver, copper and bronze.

Service Pics on Flickr

Popular classes

Biochemistry I

Study the chemical processes that take place in living organisms. This course covers the structures, functions, and dynamics of proteins; the role of genetic biomolecules; and some metabolic cycles as related to the chemistry of these molecules.

Analytical Chemistry

In this class you’ll learn how to answer two basic questions: What is this stuff and exactly how much of it do I have? Our food, drug and cosmetic industries rely on people who can answer these questions. Analytical chem is also vital for medicine, forensics and environmental stewardship.


Lab classrooms in the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences make learning seamless – no need to cart your backpack down the hall for lab – and the coffee shop in the lobby keeps those neurons firing.

Chemistry lab with Dr. Larkin

What can I do with a chemistry major?

  • Forensic Chemist
  • Medicinal Researcher
  • Industrial Chemist
  • Microbiologist
  • DNA Structural Researcher
  • Cosmetic Chemist
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacist
  • Teacher
  • Scientific Publisher

Where our chemistry majors go to graduate school

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth University
  • Duke University
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • North Carolina State University
  • Penn State University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-San Diego
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University of Delaware
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of South Florida
  • Yale University