I am a high school senior and want to do materials science. I want to have a liberal arts education/small school for undergrad so I am applying ED to Swarthmore (Grinnell and Carleton are my two other top picks). I want to go into Materials Science and to get here with a liberal arts education, I would plan on double majoring in chemistry and physics and then, after doing research/working, I'd go into a graduate program to get my PhD in Materials science. I was recommended path by a professor who is in charge of the 3-2 Program at Grinnell and said that this is a popular path for many future Materials Science students and researchers.
I have read various forums saying having a chemistry major is not all too useful today. I want a job in between undergrad and grad school, and want to know (given I work hard in my undergrad and do well academically) if doing a chemistry and physics double major to pursue Materials Science can be done, or is a wise plan with a liberal arts education.
What kind of background will I have with this kind of major combination? Will I have good chances at research opportunities?
My ultimate goal is to work in the industry of renewable energy, hopefully even creating my own product: is my path correct path for this desire?
Any and all suggestions are appreciated.