Why Study Chemistry at Cornell?
- At Cornell, all of our courses are capped at 25 students.
- We teach only one course at a time, so much of that time is devoted exclusively to the students in that course.
- Our schedule allows us the ability to customize our lab time for each course.
- Our alums have very high rates of acceptance into professional schools and do particularly well once they get there.
- The department maintains a long tradition of summer research. Students and faculty have the opportunity to take part in a ten-week session of very intense laboratory research each summer. This research is supported by the college as well as by external grants.
- The One Course At A Time schedule allows for the opportunity to do month-long internships away from campus.
Cornell's small class sizes and One Course At A Time schedule allow our classes to become tight learning communities. For eighteen days, you become part of a group learning experience, with significant support from your professors and collaboration with your fellow students. The block plan also allows us to move from lecture to the lab easily and frequently. And we're not rushed to finish experiments in a narrow window between setup and clean up -- the lab is ours all day, every day. Best of all, students have the opportunity to work in small groups with faculty mentors during summer research. Our faculty is all professional scientists with meaningful and varied research interests. But we're also dedicated teachers and our students are treated as full partners in the process, giving them an experience much like that of a graduate school research lab.
We emphasize a broad view of chemistry and its relationship to other disciplines. In particular, we are developing a stronger integration of chemistry and biology concepts through team-taught courses, participation in the Biochemistry and molecular biology major, health-related research projects, etc. In our courses for non-science majors, we focus on how our daily experiences are touched by or determined by chemistry, and how an understanding of this can allow a person to act more wisely. For science majors, the emphasis is on how they themselves can contribute to our knowledge and understanding of the microscopic world of atoms and molecules. We strongly encourage our students to engage in research projects to develop a full set of practical skills and become active scientists.