The department generally graduates between 12 and 20 chemistry majors per year. Over the past 15 years, 12 of these chemistry majors have garnered special awards such as NSF and ACS graduate fellowships, Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowships, and Beckman fellowships. Three have been selected to receive the college's most prestigious academic award, the Williamson Medal, at graduation.
More than 70% of our chemistry majors have pursued postgraduate education by attending graduate school, medical school, or law school. Some choose to go directly to positions with companies such as DuPont and Merck, while others obtain business degrees (MBA). Among recent chemistry graduates 30% have gone to medical school, 40% to graduate school. Nearly all of the F&M Chemistry majors who apply to graduate school are accepted by at least one institution, and 94% of Chemistry majors who apply to medical school are accepted by at least one institution; many are accepted to all of the institutions to which they apply.
Many alumni are practicing physicians or chemists (either in industry or the academic world) but the job titles below reflect a wide variety of career choices.
Students may elect to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in engineering, either after obtaining their B.A. in chemistry from F&M or as part of F&M's 3-2 Cooperative Engineering Program.