Chemists are architects. They deal with the composition of nonliving things—from textiles to oil and petroleum to the atmosphere—essentially, everything that we touch and see. Their “building blocks” are atoms and molecules.

This program is ideal if you hope to go on to a research career or to graduate school. We’re focused on hands-on laboratory science, and most labs contain 12 or fewer students, ensuring that you get personal attention and interact closely with professors. Importantly, you’ll follow a course of study endorsed by the American Chemical Society (ACS), which guarantees a respected curriculum. You’re also encouraged to join the student branch of ACS. Suffolk’s chapter is recognized nationwide for its sponsored lectures and community service projects. Many students volunteer at the nearby Museum of Science and the Boston Children’s Museum. Each year, chemistry students attend the national ACS meeting to hear the latest research and developments in the field.

A chemistry major is a great “building block” for a career, too: Many students go on to high-demand fields including pharmaceuticals, environmental health, and manufacturing.