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Chemistry (BA, BS)

Chemistry (BA, BS)


Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter, so the study of chemistry is central to understanding many other scientific disciplines. All human activities deal with a material world, which consists of chemicals both natural and manufactured. 

Why choose chemistry?

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is ranked among the best in the nation. The contributions of chemistry to modern society occur in such diverse fields as pharmaceuticals, polymers, agricultural chemicals, petroleum products and biotechnology. Chemistry also plays a role in cleaning up the environment, improving methods of producing, processing, and packaging food, and making automobiles safer and more fuel-efficient. 

What can you do with this degree?

Chemists are employed in industrial, government and academic positions. Chemistry graduates find positions in research and development, analytical services, quality control, chemical sales and marketing. Chemistry graduates with education credentials are in demand to teach in high schools and middle schools. Chemistry majors earning a Bachelor of Science often go on to graduate school to earn a master’s or doctorate degree. 

Chemistry majors earning a Bachelor of Arts have excellent credentials for admission to professional schools such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry and veterinary medicine or admission to graduate programs in areas such as business, law, education and journalism.