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Overview
Chemistry is the science that deals with the composition, structure and interactions of matter. Materials obtained from the earth, such as ores, petroleum and natural gas, as well as those from plants and animals, such as food, fibers and medicines, are all studied and modified through chemical means. From natural materials, chemists create new and useful substances that enhance life. Chemists develop new drugs to fight disease, new agents to combat pests that destroy crops, and new materials for structures or electronics. Chemists are at the forefront in advancing new technologies to solve problems involving human and animal health, the environment, energy alternatives and conservation, new materials, detection of hazardous substances and crime scene investigations.

A student considering a career in chemistry should have a strong curiosity about natural phenomena, good problem solving skills and an above average work ethic. The student should want to learn more about the changes that take place in materials and to use this knowledge for the betterment of humankind. Interest and ability in mathematics and physics are also helpful since these subjects are basic to the study of chemistry.

Chemists are employed in industry, government, and education. In industry, jobs range from highly focused problem solving and product development to quality control, environmental testing and even sales. A great deal of industrial research is devoted to food and drug production as well as new energy sources, materials and detection devices. State and federal agencies also employ chemists for basic research and analysis. Finally, many chemists become teachers in high schools, colleges, and universities. In addition to teaching classes, many college and university faculty members train students to do research in their laboratories. Generally, an MS or PhD degree is required for those interested in research or college level teaching.

The Department of Chemistry offers two bachelor’s degrees: (1) a BS degree that is certified by the American Chemical Society; and (2) a BS degree that requires less specialization.

Our chemical laboratories are modern and well-equipped with ­instruments for the determination of chemical properties, the study of chemical reactions and the detection and structure elucidation of small quantities of materials. Undergraduate research is encouraged as part of the chemistry curriculum.

Available Options
- ACS Approved, B.S.
- Departmental Degree, B.S.
- Secondary Teacher Certification, B.S.


Occupations
Chemists
Chemical Technicians
Medical and Clinical Lab Technologists
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
Pharmacists

Industries
Chemical Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Product Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Education and Health Services

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