We're glad you're interested in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry! Check out the Academics page to learn more about our academic programs. General information about the undergraduate experience at Georgia Tech can be found at GT Admissions.
We currently have about 35 BS CHEM and about 65 BS BCHM students in each year of our program. While our First-year Chemistry lecture classes are large, the majors-only courses taken be our students are of modest size and the laboratory components of our courses offer small sections sizes (24 in first year chemistry down to 8 in upper-level courses) with an opportunity to interact closely with peers and the laboratory instructors. We pride ourselves on providing a very high-quality instructional laboratory experience, with access to a wide of high caliber instrumentation. BS CHEM and BCHM are great degrees if you enjoy working in a lab to prepare, characterize, or analyze compounds or biomolecules. Our degree programs are great preparation for direct employment after graduation, medical school, pharmacy school, and graduate research-based degrees such as a PhD.
Nearly all of our BS CHEM students, and the majority of BS BCHM students, participate in one or more semesters of on-campus research during their degrees. Our students work with world class research teams in a variety of different departments across the campus. You are not constrained to do research with chemistry and biochemistry faculty, and some of our students choose to work with faculty in Biosciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. These research experiences engage students in cutting edge projects and make use of world class research facilities. This is great preparation if you are considering going onto graduate school and a research-based career in a corporate, government or academic setting. You can learn more about some of the projects that our students have been involved in by viewing presentations recorded by our students, or checking out some of the research publications that our undergraduates have coauthored.
In any given graduating class from our school, 30 – 40% of students go directly into employment, with the remainder going onto either professional school (medical, pharmacy etc.), or graduate school to pursue a PhD. Our students are competitive for admission to the best graduate and professional programs in the country.The majority of students going directly into employment start their careers in laboratory-based occupations.
In the video below, undergraduate Biochemistry major Ashleigh Henning shares her experiences, hobbies, and advice for prospective students.