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Why Major in Chemistry

What Does a Chemist Do?

Chemistry department photos, labs, students, research, classrooms, for Mike McCormickYou are interested in chemistry – but what can you do with a degree in this field?

Chemistry is a rewarding, albeit challenging, field of study.  It is learning about the composition, properties and reactions possible with a diversity of substances, many of which are involved in different aspects of everyday life.

Chemistry is also the central science that connects physics, biology, engineering, and medicine. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry can open doors to further study at graduate schools or professional schools (i.e., medical, dental or pharmacy).  A chemistry degree can also qualify one to work in industry, analytical and forensic laboratories, conduct research, or teach at the high school level.

Options after Graduation

Graduate School – Ph.D. or Master’s in:

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Material Sciences
  • Geochemistry

Professional School

  • Medical school
  • Dental school
  • Optometry school
  • Pharmacy school
  • Veterinary school
  • Law school


  • K-12 education
  • Instructor at Community Colleges


  • Pharmacy
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Forensic Science
  • Food or Water Quality Control
  • Viticulture
  • Agriculture
  • Oil and Petroleum
  • Technology

Government Agencies

  • Bureau of Recreation
  • Department of Environmental Quality

Business or Law

  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Patent Law
  • Science Writing or Publishing