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. If you are interested in a rewarding career that provides financial security, promotes self-respect and gives you the opportunity to work on stimulating and breakthrough projects, then a career in chemistry may be right for you.

This degree option offers a broad exposure to chemistry and requires a minor. Students interested in pursuing careers that use chemistry, such as patent law, technical sales, and environmental testing should choose this major.

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 in and out of the classroom 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 develop independent thinking and problem solving.
  • Have employment opportunities within the department that can provide chemistry-related work experience prior to graduation.

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