About

The NC State Department of Chemistry prepares students for success in academia and industry and makes life-changing discoveries that benefit the world.

Chemistry lab research

Formulating the Future

Chemistry is a dynamic field with diverse applications. Chemists are working with scientists across disciplines on solutions to some of the biggest problems facing society, including clean air and water, energy resources and cures for disease.

The NC State Department of Chemistry offers a combination of high-quality teaching and excellent research opportunities that prepare students to tackle these big challenges and succeed in any path they choose. The award-winning faculty in our graduate and undergraduate programs guide stu­dents through a broad, rigorous curri­cu­lum.

Students at both graduate and undergraduate levels also have numerous opportunities to put this learning into practice. They are doing hands-on research on cutting-edge topics like nanomaterials and synthetic biology, interning at major chemical corporations, and receiving prestigious awards like the Fulbright scholarship to study in the best labs around the world. Our re­search encompasses key areas like health and medicine, energy and the environment, materials and nanoscience. Student researchers publish articles in prestigious journals and present their research at top national and international conferences.

The Best Place to Be

NC State’s location in the vibrant and growing city of Raleigh puts it in the heart of the Research Triangle Park, home to major science and technology corporations. Our relationships with many of these corporations, including BASF, Cree and LORD, mean that our students have access to lectures and networking events with established industry professionals — not to mention valuable internship and employment opportunities.

And when they aren’t working and studying, they can take advantage of all that Time’s 2016 best big city in the Southeast has to offer, including museums, cultural opportunities, beautiful parks, a great food scene and easy access to both the beach and the mountains.