Chemistry Major

As a chemistry student at Transylvania, you’ll become skilled at problem solving, develop a strong foundation in all areas of chemistry and gain an excellent foundation for graduate studies or a scientific career.

Professor Bob Rosenberg

We give each student a lot of attention at Transylvania, and in a field like chemistry that's really important.

Bob Rosenberg,
professor of chemistry

A degree in chemistry prepares you for a career in biochemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science, medicine and other health care areas. If you’re interested in pursuing an advanced degree in chemical engineering, you may want to consider Transylvania’s engineering options.

Transylvania students have hands-on access to a variety of instruments, including a high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, mass spectrometer, gas chromatograph, ultraviolet and Fourier-transformed infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometers, high-performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC), atomic absorption (AA) spectrometer and Raman spectrometer. At larger universities, undergraduate students may not have access to this variety of equipment.

Our students have taken advantage of summer research experiences at Stanford, Harvard, the Mayo Clinic, the University of North Carolina, the University of Kentucky and Texas A&M University.

Students may also choose the biochemistry track, focusing on the chemistry of living systems. Graduates have gone on to professional research in fields including bioethics and immune systems. Or they can major in teaching chemistry, which when paired with an education minor can earn certification to teach high school chemistry.

Professor Eva Csuhai


Eva Csuhai,
Professor of Chemistry;
Program Director 

Laura Ray Warren
Administrative Assistant,
Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: (859) 233-8228

Jamie Snyder
Chemistry Lab Coordinator and University Chemical Hygiene Officer
(859) 281-3614

Brown Science Center
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway 
Lexington, KY 40508-1797

Download the Chemistry Brochure

Bioanalytical chemist, Eli Lilly
Senior chemist, Parke Davis and Company
Medical doctor, University of Louisville Medical School
Professor, University of Michigan
Mass spectroscopist, Pfizer Research and Development
Research toxicologist, Shell Oil
Quality control, Buffalo Trace Distillery
Indiana University
Harvard University
Stanford University
University of Arkansas
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Tech
University of Wisconsin
University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill
College professor
Laboratory technician
Medical researcher
Pharmaceutical sales representative
Environmental Chemistry
Forensic Chemistry
Nuclear Chemistry
Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
Design Molecules by Computer
Advanced Experimental Techniques
Costa Rica
American Chemical Society student affiliate
Research experiences both on and off campus
Regional and national research conferences