About the Major

Chemistry is the science that studies the basic structural units of matter—what things are made of, what their properties are, and how they act and interact. You will study the composition and behavior of matter, the process of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of the phenomena.  

Skills and abilities this major develops include: laboratory techniques, data analysis, complex computation, and presentation of research findings, orally or in writing. Critical thinking and problem solving are essential.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Principles of chemistry 1 and 2
  • Calculus 1, 2, and 3
  • Physics 1 and 2
  • Organic chemistry 1 and 2
  • Introduction to instrumental analysis
  • Analytical chemistry

Possible Careers

  • Analytical chemist
  • Research scientist
  • Chemist
  • Associate analytical chemist
  • Quality control technician
  • Senior research scientist*

*This career requires further education or training.

Where could I work?

  • AIT Bioscience
  • Alcon
  • Covance
  • Educational institutions
  • Federal, state, or local government
  • Roche Diagnostics

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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