The chemistry curriculum combines broad based training in the major areas of chemistry (biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical) with a firm foundation in mathematics and physics.
Students considering graduate school in chemistry or related sciences are strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research over a summer or during the academic year. The Chemistry Department at Tulane has a broad range of research programs for undergraduates including Photochemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Organic Synthesis, Enzymology, and Polymer Synthesis.
The critical importance of chemistry spans the physical sciences to the life sciences. A special feature of the undergraduate program at Tulane is the significant amount of student-faculty contact. All of our chemistry lecture courses are taught by full-time members of the chemistry faculty; this feature is not common among other highly reputable research institutions. Many chemistry majors participate in independent research projects under the direction of our internationally recognized research faculty, the same faculty that teach the courses in the undergraduate chemistry program. This amount of student-faculty contact is unusual in a university that holds the highest Carnegie Research Classification placing it among the top 2% for research.