Prospective Students

Discover Your Passion
Discover Your Passion

Prospective Student Resources

Welcome, prospective student! Here you’ll find resources and information about the Department of Chemistry, scholarships and financial aid, and about the careers your degree and skills could help you achieve.

Often described as the "central science," chemistry involves the study of structure, properties and synthesis of matter ranging in size from single atoms to DNA. As a chemistry major at UNL, you’ll have opportunities — especially regarding research — that you won’t find anywhere else.

You’ll become proficient in modern lab procedures, at ease leading scientific inquiry process and gain broad knowledge in the discipline’s six major areas (organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, chemical education and biochemistry).

You’ll understand how the chemical principles apply to society, both practically and ethically. And you’ll gain unmatched real-world experience by playing critical roles in cutting-edge research projects.

Our graduates have excellent acceptance rates into medical, pharmacy and graduate school. They go onto careers with world-leading chemical and pharmaceutical companies, with the National Institute for Health, and in education.

Our graduate students can expect to experience cutting-edge research and personal attention.   Research groups are typically 6-12 members in size which allows students to interact directly with their professors and rapidly develop into top-notch scientists.

Check out the innovative research going on in the department.

Our facilities are simply state-of-the-art here.  UNL Chemistry is home to the Nebraska Center for Mass Spectrometry (NCMS), one of the six original designated NSF Regional Instrumentation Facilities. NMR is outstanding as well, with a brand new 700 MHz spectrometer, having just been installed to accompany an ultra-shielded 600 MHz instrument for solid state work, a 500 MHz with cryoprobe for protein work, and a workhorse 400 MHz instrument for routine, hands-on usage.

A Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska will place you on the right trajectory for an exciting, opportunity-rich career in chemistry

We urge you to embrace your curiosity.