Chemistry - B.S.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

This program is designed for the student who intends to major in chemistry but may wish to pursue a career in some other science-related field, including the health sciences, business, and the legal profession. It is often chosen by students who intend to pursue postgraduate studies in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine. The curriculum for this degree consists of a selection of chemistry courses and supporting courses in other areas of physical and biological sciences as well as mathematics. This program is intended to provide the student with a broad background in chemistry and related disciplines.

The Department of Chemistry offers the SURO,  Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities program. Undergraduate researchers will join active research groups and participate in projects directed by faculty members. Participants are introduced to new and innovative areas of research in a variety of chemistry sub-disciplines through interaction with faculty members and joint seminars with other participants in the summer research program.

The Chemistry Learning Center (CLC) is available as an educational resource for undergraduates and faculty. To fulfill this goal, the CLC provides students with a diverse assortment of resource to aid them in their studies. The simplest resource the Center can provide is a quiet place to study alone or as part of a small group. Teaching Assistants (TAs) hold their office hours in the CLC and help answer student questions about class work, lab assignments, or homework and mentor the small group discussions. Computer resources are also made available to students to help them in their studies. Computer tutorials and demonstrations are available that help students cover material in General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry at their own pace.  Professors have worked to develop special projects that expand the breadth and depth of topics that can be covered in class.

Academics

What you will learn: 

Students who successfully complete this curriculum will possess a broad background in chemistry and related sciences with sufficient depth of knowledge to pursue a wide variety of career options, ranging from employment as chemists in government or industrial laboratories to enrollment in a wide variety of post graduate degree programs, including those offered by professional schools of medicine, dentistry, and law.

Beyond the Classroom

Featured Research Labs/Ressearch Areas: 
General Research Information: 
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Chemical Education
  • Computational/Theoretical Chemistry
  • Environmental/Atomospheric Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry and Nanoscience

Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$159,000
Low Salary: 
$59,300
Median Salary: 
$95,700
Employers: 

Anesthesiologist
Environmental Protection
Analysis and Testing
Glass & Textiles Industry
Argolyn Bioscience
Astra
Zenca Pharmaceuticals
Hickson Corporation
Chemical Industry
Industrial Production Inspector
Machinery Industry
Cosmetics Industry
Packaging Industry
Defense Industry
Paint Industry
Drug Industry
Petroleum Industry
Pfizer Central Research
Electronics Industry
Engineering Firms
Pharmaceuticals
Occupational Safety Specialist
Production/Testing labs facilities
Research and Development
Rockland React-Rite
Sandia National Laboratory
Savannah Laboratories
Scientific journals
Springborn Testing & Research
Technical consulting firms
Thermo Electron Corp.
GlaxoSmithKline
Chemical Manufacturers

Possible Job Titles: 

Environmental Chemist
Industrial Chemist
Environmental Specialist
Chemical Distributor
Glass Industry Manager
Chemical Engineer
Industrial Production Inspector
Children's Hospital Chemist
Medical Sales
Customer Training Specialist
Medical Chemical Specialist
Defense Industry Chemist
Nuclear Chemical Technician
Developmental Scientist
Paint Industry Scientist
Drug developer/tester
Pharmaceutical scientist
Quality Control Specialist
Petroleum Industry Scientist
Textiles Industry Chemist
R & D Manager/Consultant
Scientific writer/Editor
Nutritional Chemist
Testing labs Researcher