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Chemistry Majors

Trying to decide which chemistry major track is right for you? In addition to considering your primary career goals, also consider that you may change your mind at some point or that external circumstances may send you down a different path. This is a very important decision, but nothing to sweat over. Talk to the faculty, talk to your family, talk to people who are doing now what you hope to do in the future. Some general guidelines are provided below. Note that in some cases, more than one of the tracks we offer may be appropriate to your career goals. Please see your advisor for more information in any case - there is no substitute for one-on-one advice.
  • The Chemisty major or Chemistry major with ACS approval may be right for you if ...

    • You want to go to graduate school in chemistry (ACS approved major strongly recommended).
    • You want to get a job in the chemical industry after graduation.
    • You want to go to graduate school in biochemistry.
    • You want to go to medical school or other health-related professional school
    • You are considering a career in a chemistry-related area such as science journalism, instrumental sales or patent law.
    • You are considering graduate school in a chemistry-related area such as materials science, chemical engineering (Make sure to speak with an advisor about which electives to consider.)

  • The Chemistry major, concentration in Biochemistry may be right for you if ...
    • You want to go to medical school or other health-related professional school (such as pharmacy school)
    • You are majoring in biology and are considering chemistry as a second major
    • You want to go to graduate school in biochemistry.
    • You want to get a job in the biochemical industry after graduation.
    • You want to get a job in forensics after graduation (Make sure to speak with an advisor about which electives to consider, especially the instrumental modules and upper division biology electives.)
    • You are considering a career in a chemistry-related area such as pharmaceutical sales, science journalism or patent law.

  • The Major in Chemistry with Secondary Certification is designed for students who want to teach high school chemistry.

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