Department of Chemistry
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Our department is one of the top producers of undergraduate chemists in the nation, and at present, we have over 650 undergraduate majors. We are committed to providing undergraduates with opportunities in research, and have close to 100 undergraduates working in Carolina chemistry research groups.

Undergraduate Research

Almost every undergraduate chemistry major that has undertaken a research project has found it to be an exciting and rewarding experience. Undergraduate research can help you acquire a spirit of inquiry, initiative, independence, sound judgment, patience, persistence, alertness, and the ability to use the chemical literature.

Undergraduate Research

The Department strongly endorses undergraduate research as one of the potentially most rewarding aspects of your undergraduate experience.


Student Organizations

Alpha Chi Sigma (ΑΧΣ) is a professional, co-educational chemistry fraternity. The Rho chapter is located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Gamma Sigma Epsilon (ΓΣΕ) at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill is dedicated to recognizing outstanding students who are interested in and excel in the field of chemistry.



Help is never far away in the Department of Chemistry. Many graduate students offer one-on-one tutoring for a fee.


Honors Program

Upon the recommendation of the Department of Chemistry, the B.A. or B.S. degree with a major in chemistry may be awarded with honors in chemistry or highest honors in chemistry.


Scholarships and Awards

The department recognizes excellent performances by undergraduates in chemistry through the many award opportunities. Among these are the Jason D. Altom Memorial Award for Undergraduate Research, The Emmett Gladstone Rand Premedical Scholarship, The Francis P. Venable Medal, and The James H. Maguire Memorial Award. Awards are given out at two different events each year.


Contact Us

If you have questions about the admissions process or questions about the program please contact our Student Services department. They will be happy to assist you in any way they can.

The Department of Chemistry supports the University's core values, encouraging diversity and equal educational and employment opportunities throughout the University community. These values are articulated in the University's non-discrimination policy and by the office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.