Chemistry is the branch of natural science that deals with the properties and classification of matter, the changes that matter undergoes, and the energy associated with these changes. Research by chemists increases our knowledge about chemicals and their roles in the natural world and has led to the discovery and development of new and improved products and advances in medicine, agriculture, food processing and other fields. Those interested in a rewarding career that identifies you as a professional, provides financial security, promotes self-respect and offers the opportunity to work on stimulating and breakthrough projects should consider a career in chemistry.

This degree option offers a broad exposure to chemistry and provides a basic education in business. Students interested in pursuing careers that require knowledge of both science and business, such as marketing, sales, finance and management within the chemical industry, should choose this major. Chemistry graduates who have business and communication skills as well as leadership ability are in increasing demand in the marketplace.

Chemistry students will…
  • Gain a rigorous foundation in chemistry, science and math in the context of a broad university education.
  • Interact closely with experienced faculty who are recognized for their writing, training, professional affiliations and expertise.
  • Study in the state-of-the-art, first-rate learning environment provided by the newly renovated Magill Hall of Science.
  • Have opportunities to pursue research and scholarship that help develop independent thinking and problem solving.
  • Have employment opportunities within the department that provide chemistry-related work experience prior to graduation.

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