Careers

Majors in Chemistry provide preparation, which can lead directly to professional employment in local or national industries producing chemical products, plastics, pharmaceuticals, or metals. B.S. Graduates may also be professionally employed by local water and waste treatment laboratories or national research laboratories.

Majors in Chemistry are also sought after for advanced degree training in M.S. or Ph.D. programs in Chemistry, Forensic Science, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Food Science and other sciences. The broad requirements that chemistry majors have also make their education background attractive to professional schools training physicians, dentist, optometrists, and other health science professionals.

For more ideas about potential chemistry careers, as well as perspectives of practicing chemistry professionals, see this ACS site.

B.S. in Chemistry Degree, ACS Certified
The major that is certified by the American Chemical Society. This degree requires a rigorous program in math, physics, and each of the five subdivisions of chemistry. Students who plan to continue on to higher degrees in chemistry should take this degree. Some industrial companies consider this degree a requirement for employment as a professional chemist.

B.S. Degree, Major in Chemistry
This chemistry degree has the most flexibility. Proper choice of science electives allows the student to design a course of study to fit his or her needs from specialization in analytical instrumental to molecular biology to pharmaceutical sales.

B.S. Degree, Major in Environmental Chemistry
Same as above but work includes several courses in the sub-specialty of environmental-analytical chemistry.

B.S. Degree, Major in Biochemistry
Students seeking this degree will be prepared for the career opportunities in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and medical fields or for graduate studies in biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology or genetics.

B.S. Degree, Major in Forensic Chemistry
Majors with this degree usually try to gain admission to a M.S. level program in Forensic Science, either at Marshall School of Medicine or some other similar program.

 

 
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