What will I learn?

The BA degree in chemistry prepares students for careers in which chemistry and physical science play a significant role. With appropriate electives, students can go on to jobs in a variety of fields including teaching of science in middle school or high school. Students must take a minimum of 43 credits of course work in chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students seeking baccalaureate degrees in chemistry must demonstrate general chemical proficiency as outlined in the following Learning Outcome Goals:

  1. Chemical Principles: Students must have firm foundations in the fundamentals and application of current chemical and scientific theories and be able to demonstrate this command of chemistry through written and oral communications, i.e. reports, tests, and informal discussions.
  2. Methods of Chemistry: Students must be familiar with traditional chemical techniques and procedures, as well as demonstrate a working knowledge of modern chemical analysis instrumentation and computer skills.
  3. Problem solving and research: Students must be able to design, perform and record experimental protocols with the ability to critically analyze the results of those experiments in a hypothesis driven environment.
  4. Scientific communication: Students must be able to record experimental data and observations, write research reports summarizing their experimental work, effectively and efficiently search the scientific literature and present their results to their peers and faculty.

All chemistry majors at the University of Maine conduct independent research with a faculty member and then write a thesis about their project. The University of Maine is the only university in the state that offers graduate programs in chemistry. The presence of graduate students offers a unique and valuable experience for our undergraduate chemistry majors who work closely with the graduate students and faculty in our research labs. Many of our majors have been co-authors on scientific presentations and publications.

Becoming a Chemistry Major

The curriculum for chemistry majors provides a solid foundation in chemistry, and also allows the opportunity for students to earn minors, concentrations or even complete double majors in other subjects.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,030.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

5774 Stevens Hall, Room 100,



04469, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed secondary/high school or university work.

For international students

Students must have completed secondary/high school or university work. Entry requirements may vary from country to country.

All applicants must request that an official English language proficiency exam score is submitted to UMaine by the testing agency:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - minimum score of 79 (IBT) or 550 (paper-based test).

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - minimum score of 6.5.

PTE (Pearson Test of English) - minimum score of 53.

CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) - completed level C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English).

Waived language tests if:

Native speaker of English (e.g., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, U.K.); SAT Verbal score is 550 or higher; ACT English score is 24 or higher; high school transcript clearly states that English is the language of instruction of all subjects; student studying in the U.S. or Canada for two or more years and not in an ESL track; student has successfully passed an English Composition course at a U.S. higher education institution with a grade of C or higher, even if student has not studied in the U.S. for two or more years; successfully passed the English placement test at UMaine’s Intensive English Institute.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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