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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


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Careers

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers two degrees, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.C.). The B.S. degree is earned with either a major in chemistry or a major in biochemistry and molecular biology. All degrees help students develop valuable transferable skills and open doors to a wide variety of job prospects.

Workforce success

Graduates with a major in chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology are attractive to employers due to their abilities
in the following areas:

Analytical skills
  • Summarizing research finds
  • Attending to details
  • Analyzing data
  • Developing theories
  • Identifying relationships between problems and solutions
Investigative skills
  • Remaining objective
  • Utilizing formulae
  • Designing experiments
  • Collaboration
Technical skills
  • Processing data
  • Solving quantitative problems
  • Sampling for surveys
  • Using laboratory equipment
  • Maintaining precision and accuracy
Communication skills
  • Writing clearly
  • Explaining complex ideas for technical and nontechnical audiences
  • Organizing and reporting data
  • Designing charts/graphs
  • Reporting results and conclusions orally in various written formats

Career Prospects

Chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology majors develop both general and technical skills applicable to a wide
range of careers.

Career examples
  • Laboratory manager
  • Hospital administrator
  • Information systems manager
  • Bioinformatics researcher
  • Pharmaceutical research chemist
  • Patent lawyer
  • Physician
  • Water works supervisor
  • Federal Drug Administration inspector
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforcement agent
  • Environmental risk assessor
  • Art conservator
  • Veterinarian
  • Toxicologist
  • Nurse-anesthetist
  • Pathologist
  • Medical examiner
  • Serologist
  • Flavorist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Hazardous materials manager
  • College instructor
  • Science teacher, K-12
  • Scientific editor / writer
  • Museum education coordinator