Are you interested in:

  • Why and how things work
  • Hands-on research experiences
  • Solving problems using the scientific method
  • Working collaboratively on laboratory experiments
  • Collecting and organizing data
  • How chemical structures relate to chemical properties
  • Health and medicine
  • Forensics
  • The environment
  • Scientific developments
  • How chemistry can benefit society

Chemistry is a “central science” that connects biology, engineering, physics and medicine. It serves as a foundational major for many different careers. A major in chemistry is an excellent stepping stone to careers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, engineering, government, environmental agencies, and teaching. With a major in Chemistry, careers in a variety of fields are achievable.

Types of jobs:

  • Agricultural chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Chemical management specialist
  • Chemical technician
  • Cosmetic chemist
  • Educational researcher
  • Environmental scientist
  • Food scientist
  • Forensic chemist
  • Formulation chemist
  • Geochemist
  • Health and safety specialist
  • Healthcare professional
  • Material scientist
  • Middle or high school teacher
  • Quality assurance/control analyst
  • Pharmaceutical scientist
  • Sales and marketing professional
  • Technical writer
  • Textile chemist

Attend graduate school for:

  • Agricultural science
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering (chemical, environmental, textile)
  • Food science
  • Health professions (dentistry, medicine, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine)
  • Law
  • Materials science
  • Pharmacy
  • Science education
  • Technical writing
  • Textile chemistry

Options for the major:

  • B.A. or a B.S. in chemistry
  • Engineering Dual Degree Program
  • Double major or minor in any additional related area of interest or include specific electives as needed for licensure requirements if you are interested in middle, or high school teaching
  • Experiential opportunities
    • Internships
    • Undergraduate research
    • Teaching assistantships/lab set-ups
    • Tutor at the learning center in the department
    • Summer Program for Women in Chemistry
    • Research experience for undergraduates
  • Join the American Chemical Society-Student Affiliate

Professional associations:

Career outlook:

Higher Education

Additional information:

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