Bachelor’s in Chemistry

PhD Chemistry Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Introduction to the Program

Chemistry at NYU Shanghai is a four-year program for international students taught in English. A key characteristic of the chemistry major at NYU Shanghai is a good balance between depth and breadth of study: following the foundational science courses in chemistry, physics, and biology, students take the essential “canon” of organic chemistry and physical chemistry lectures and labs.


About the Program

Chemistry is the study of the world of molecules: how they are created from atoms, how their structures affect their chemical and physical properties, and how they unite or assemble to form the matter that makes up the physical world. Knowledge of chemistry is fundamental to an in-depth understanding of the structural properties and biochemical reactions that define all living systems. Chemistry is, therefore, the central science that bridges physics and the life sciences, and is a foundation to many other fields, such as materials science, earth science, and forensic science. The challenges that society faces in the twenty-first century, such as managing climate change, sourcing clean energy, and ensuring food security, are at their root chemical problems. With a global perspective and a broad science curriculum at its core, our chemistry major program gives students a comprehensive outlook necessary to tackle these challenges.

Students then have flexibility in choosing three or more chemistry electives in areas of specialization that interest them, including inorganic chemistry, computational chemistry, and biochemistry courses. Advanced students are encouraged to undertake research projects with faculty, potentially culminating in an undergraduate thesis and chemistry honors. A distinguishing feature of chemistry is the importance of creativity, whether it be in synthesizing new molecules, discovering novel reactions and materials, or developing new theories of matter.

Majoring in chemistry provides strong preparation for graduate study in chemistry and related fields, such as biochemistry, biomedicine, and materials science. Chemistry major students are also well prepared for professional school, including medical, pharmacy, dental, optometry, veterinary, forensic, and law school. Students who, instead, decide to enter the industry after graduation are well-served by the combination of creative and quantitative skills developed in the chemistry major that transfer to diverse sectors from data science to biotechnology to finance.

Required Documents

You will need to provide the following:

  • Results from standardized tests and/or national exams

    • The SAT Reasoning Test (essay test not required); or

    • The ACT (writing test not required); or

    • Three SAT Subject Test scores (one in literature or humanities, one in math or science, and one of your choosing); or

    • Three AP exam scores (one in literature or humanities, one in math or science, and one of your choosing); or

    • The International Baccalaureate Diploma; or

    • Three IB higher-level exam scores (if you are not an IB Diploma candidate); or

    • Results from a nationally accredited exam that is considered locally to signify the completion of secondary education, is administered independently of the student’s school and has been approved by the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions (the most up-to-date list of accepted examinations can be found here)

  • The Common Application School Report and official high school transcript

  • One teacher evaluation (students may submit an optional second teacher evaluation, but please submit no more than two)

  • The Common Application Mid-Year Report (This should show your first-semester senior year grades. Have your counselor submit the report by March 1 through the Common Application.)

Application Deadline

January 1

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB300,000 per year. The total for the 4-year program is 1,200,000 RMB.


To apply complete the application form and pay the application fee here. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and before an admissions decision is given. After you have been accepted you will receive your official acceptance letter visa application form. If you have any questions contact us.

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