Unravel the Mysteries of Chemistry with Technology
Develop an in-demand skill set combining a technical understanding of chemistry with expertise in computers and computation. A Bachelor of Science in Computational Chemistry and Chemical Informatics from Michigan Tech will prepare you to work on the leading edge of this emerging technological field. Your work could support advancements in any branch of chemistry, with career opportunities rapidly expanding in the design of new drugs and materials.
What is Computational Chemistry and Chemical Informatics?
Computational Chemistry and Chemical Informatics is at the intersection of chemistry and information technology. If you prefer a digital view of chemistry to lab experiments and enjoy working with technology, a career in cheminformatics may suit you well. Your professional specialty will include using computational methods to complement laboratory experimentation. Upon graduation, you might:
- Investigate chemicals and materials that are difficult to study in the laboratory.
- Model and visualize individual molecules and how they behave in cells or in materials..
- Create and/or work with databases to catalog, categorize, organize, and search the structures of chemicals.
- Employ computational chemistry to simplify problems and make predictions that enhance laboratory experiments.
- Develop information-storage solutions at the molecular level.
You will complete upper-level course work in both chemistry and computer science, gaining the foundation in both physical chemistry and computer programming that is necessary in the field. Many chemical problems are multidimensional. Solutions require advanced computational tools—and professionals who have the ability to effectively use them. Our degree program will prepare you to succeed in this role. Cutting-edge labs and equipment will enhance your education.
Obtain a minor in Computer Science by taking four Computer Science classes—CS 1142 Programming at the Hardware Software Interface and CS 3141 Team Software Project—and adding two Computer Science electives. CS 1142 and CS 3141 can also be counted as major electives. This is a low-cost but high-impact way to gain a competitive edge as you launch into a career.
Choose your Career Path
Computational Chemistry and Chemical Informatics specialists play an important role in driving research and laboratory experiments by predicting properties of new compounds and by making chemical information accessible and usable. These professionals spend a great deal of time analyzing and interpreting data and must be detail oriented. Career pathways are diverse and often lead to positions outside of the traditional laboratory—and inside of the computer laboratory.
You could work with chemical databases; focus on computational chemistry; explore the properties of nanomaterials; or model molecular structure and the activities of proteins and enzymes. The job outlook for cheminformatics specialists is very good, with the expectation for jobs to grow with the increasing need to categorize and search chemical compounds in databases, create and manage data for laboratory experiments, and design and direct laboratory robots. You will also be prepared to enroll in graduate school and earn an advanced degree in cheminformatics, if you so choose.
$129+average salary computational chemist
7undergraduates co-author research papers in the past 3 years
Tomorrow Needs Innovative Chemists
The demand for computational chemists is great. Computational chemists may pursue a teaching and/or research career in academia, or they may work in industry or for a government agency or national laboratory. They may also support and train facility users, students, or customers or develop new capabilities for collecting and analyzing data. Industry employers typically include companies in the pharmaceutical, data science, and industrial chemistry areas. In academia, computational chemists often teach courses or provide individualized instruction on using different software or data analysis tools. At national laboratories, they may train visiting users, and they may perform their own research.
Career Opportunities for Computational Chemistry Majors
Your future career options are unlimited with a degree in computational chemistry. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Analytical Chemist
- Bioinformatics Analyst
- Computational Chemist
- Computational Chemistry Molecular Modeler
- Computational Designer
- Computational Medicinal Chemist
- Computational R&D Scientist
- Data Scientist/Manager
- Environmental Scientist
- Material Scientist
- Research Scientist
- Software Engineer
- Technical Operations Engineer
- Technical Writer
- And more
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Michigan Tech Computational Chemistry Majors Have Been Hired By
The growing list of companies that have hired Michigan Tech computational chemistry graduates includes:
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Jump Trading LLC
- IBM Corp.
- Morley Companies