To Electron Affinity . . . and Beyond
Formulate a rewarding career in the chemical sciences with a BS in Chemistry from Michigan Tech. Our program will prepare you to contribute to the nucleus of chemical advancements in diverse fields and leave your impression on the world.
Chemistry is known as the central science, connecting the physical sciences, life sciences, and applied sciences. Chemists create the fabric of our everyday lives (sometimes literally), contributing to the production of the chemicals, materials, and products that substantiate our existence. Whether you envision yourself designing new textiles, pharmaceuticals, healthier foods, or the latest on-trend cosmetics, there is sure to be a chemistry career pathway to suit your interests.
Chemistry majors learn best in a lab setting. Our degree program will challenge you to reach far beyond classroom chemistry theory and rote experimentation—you’ll quickly learn your way around our advanced labs and equipment, with the majority of your time being spent conducting research (independently and alongside faculty) and creatively exploring the real-world applications of chemistry.
About the Program
- Learn in a supportive environment. First-year chemistry majors stick together in the Studio Lab and study under the same instructor during their first two semesters, at least. You’ll develop excellent critical-thinking and lab skills while building lasting rapport with your instructor and classmates.
- Undergraduate research is emphasized. All of our faculty members are advancing basic and applied research in chemistry, and all welcome students into their research groups.
- Enjoy the freedom to experiment in the lab. Once you master lab processes and techniques, you’ll be let loose to conduct research individually.
- Increase your employability. Most chemistry majors participate in research or a co-op/internship experience. Our students have garnered internships with high-profile employers including Los Alamos National Laboratory. Additionally, you may have the opportunity to publish your research.
- Get the extra technological edge on your education. You’ll use advanced, state-of-the-art instrumentation in our teaching labs.
- Learn from creative, enthusiastic faculty who truly enjoy working with students. And smaller class sizes translate to more personal attention: our department’s student-to-faculty ratio is 5:1.
- Our undergraduate degree programs provide excellent preparation for graduate health programs and law school.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Our undergraduate degree programs emphasize undergraduate research experiences. All of our faculty members are advancing basic and applied research in chemistry, and all welcome students into their research groups.
Contact the faculty member you are interested in working with to learn more. Specific positions in each lab depend on availability and funding.
Learn more about undergraduate research.
The Department of Chemistry offers a selection of specialty concentrations available with the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, many of which are interdisciplinary in nature and provide a blended course of study.
Explore the chemical basis of the environment, with an emphasis on environmental concerns. You’ll learn about the natural and man-made chemical reactions that take place on the Earth every day and study the effects of human interactions on the environment.
Secondary Education Teacher Certification
Are you up to the challenge of teaching society’s future thinkers? Complete additional course work in preparation for secondary-education teacher certification in the state of Michigan. You’ll also earn a required minor in biological sciences, computer science, economics, English, math, or physics.
Biochemistry is the study of the structure, composition, and chemical reactions of substances in living systems. Explore the structures and functions of biomolecules including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. (You may also choose to major in biochemistry and molecular biology, with a chemistry concentration.)
Any company that makes a product needs a chemist. Develop polymers with special properties (lightweight, strong, flexible, etc.), which are turned into new materials and products such as plastics and synthetic fibers; agricultural chemicals; paints and adhesives; and biomedical applications such as artificial skin and prosthetics.
Study the intersection of chemistry and physics, and discover how things work, focusing on chemical systems and processes. Subject areas include states of matter, thermodynamics, phase diagrams and phase equilibria, computational chemistry, chemical kinetics, and quantum mechanics.
The basic chemistry degree pathway allows students the flexibility to take 21–24 credits of free electives. You could use these credits to enroll in foreign language classes, study abroad, or earn a minor or certificate in an area of study outside of chemistry.
Undecided about your postgraduation plans? No matter. As long as you have an interest in chemistry, you’ll have no trouble finding your own unique career pathway. The field of chemistry is wide open, with diverse career opportunities available in industry, government, and academia.
What could I do with a chemistry degree?
Find the chemistry career that fits you, in the specialization of your choice:
- Agricultural Chemistry
- Analytical Chemistry
- Chemical Education
- Chemical Information Specialists
- Chemical Sales
- Chemical Technology
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry
- Consumer Product Chemistry
- Cosmetic Chemistry
- Environmental Chemistry
- Food and Flavor Chemistry
- Forensic Chemistry
- Hazardous Waste Management
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Polymer Chemistry
- Pulp and Paper Chemistry
- R&D Management
- Science Writing
- Textile Chemistry
- Water Chemistry
Where have our graduates found work?
Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing, forensic sciences, biochemistry, medicine, law, science communications, teaching, and research with a wide range of job titles including:
- Assistant Professor
- Forensic Scientist
- Process Engineer
- Environmental Consultant
- Science Research Analyst
- Senior Technical Problem Solver