Chemistry

If you're curious about our world and how things affect the human body and the environment, then chemistry is for you.

Chemistry is the study of the chemical composition of substances and its chemical reactions. The study of chemistry can apply to a wide variety of fields, including forensic analysis, environmental studies, medicine development and testing, chemical engineering, agriculture and food processing, and research into new energy sources.

The Chemistry and Physics Department offers several majors in chemistry that provide flexibility to match any career goal. Choose from either a bachelor of art (B.A.) degree in chemistry, a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in chemistry, or a bachelor of art degree in chemical technology. The Department also offers a minor in chemistry.

For graduate studies in chemistry or a related field, then a B.S. in chemistry is the right choice. If you want to pursue a career in chemistry, but don't plan to go to graduate school in chemistry or a related field, you should get a B.A. in chemistry.

A B.A. degree in chemical technology is offered to students interested in a career as a technical assistant in a commercial, federal, or industrial laboratory setting. Many chemical technology graduates have become educators teaching science to elementary, middle, or high school students.  

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  • Pursue graduate or medical school
  • Take electives in your area of interest
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Career Options
  • Biochemist
  • Chemical oceanographer
  • Chemical researcher
  • Crime lab analyst
  • Dentist
  • Educator
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  • Environmental health specialist
  • Food/drug inspector
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  • Forensic chemist
  • Geochemist
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  • Medical technologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Quality control manager
  • Science laboratory technician
  • Soil scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Water purification chemist
  • Water/wastewater plant manager
Professional Organizations
  • American Chemical Society
  • The American Institute of Chemists
  • Council for Chemical Research
  • American Institute of Physics
  • Society of Physics Students
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
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