The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Michigan Tech develops confident, skilled chemists adept at understanding chemistry concepts and solving problems. 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 hands-on research alongside faculty and creatively exploring the real-world applications of chemistry.
Our curriculum is designed to be flexible, with four different concentrations that share a common chemistry core curriculum. Since all of these areas share the same core classes, students can easily switch from one concentration to another. Plus, you have the option to add a minor, certificate, or even a second major, from any department on campus to complement your degree.
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Most environmental problems, and their solutions, are based on chemistry. Environmental chemists explore the chemical process in the environment, with an emphasis on environmental concerns. You’ll learn about the reactions of natural and synthetic chemicals chemicals that take place on the Earth every day and study the effects of human interactions on the environment. Plus, Environmental Science and Protection Technician is the #6 Best Science Job, according to US News and World Report.
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.
Huskies selecting chemistry at Tech can choose chemical physics as a concentration. 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.
Tomorrow Needs Innovative Chemists
As the demand for new medicines and innovative products grows, so does the need for talented chemists. A bachelor of science degree in chemistry prepares you for a successful career— you’ll have opportunities to solve real-world problems in many different specialties like polymers, organics, synthetics, and forensics, you name it—working in business, research, healthcare, academia, government, and more.
Career Opportunities for Chemistry Majors
Your future career options are unlimited with a degree in chemistry. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- College or University Professor
- Environmental Consultant
- Food and Drug Inspector
- Food Technologist
- Forensic Scientist
- High School Chemistry Teacher
- Patent Examiner
- Process Engineer
- Soil Scientist
- Water Resources Specialist
You can explore career options further.
Michigan Tech Chemistry Majors Have Been Hired By
Almost any company or government agency requires someone with an understanding of chemistry. The growing list of companies that have hired Michigan Tech chemistry graduates includes:
- Cayman Chemical
- KAR Laboratories
- MPI Research
- Nestle Nutrition
- Par Pharmaceutical
- US Army
- Zee Water and Energy