Best Undergraduate Chemistry Program
The most effective method of determining the best option for an undergraduate chemistry degree program is to look at the rankings for chemistry graduate schools among the nation's universities and then check those against college ratings for undergraduate teaching. There are no reliable ratings for undergraduate chemistry programs, but chemistry is one of those academic disciplines where graduate work and undergraduate study are closely linked.
Many chemistry majors anticipate graduate study of one sort or another. Moreover, chemistry is a field heavy in research activity, so generally the amount of work going on at the graduate level is going to have an impact on the undergraduate students. Both professors and graduate teaching assistants who participate in undergraduate teaching are going to stimulate discussion of the exploratory activities occurring on campus within the chemistry department.
The list below is culled from a selection of top chemistry programs among the nation's colleges as ranked by the US News and World Report annual college survey. The schools were also chosen for their quality undergraduate teaching in the US News report and from other sources.
- Stanford University
- University of California/Berkeley
- Harvey Mudd College
- University of Texas
- University of Illinois/Urbana
- University of North Carolina
- Occidental College
- University of Oregon
- University of Arizona
- Northwestern University
- University of Pennsylvania