What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of the nature and characteristics of substances and the changes they undergo. Through coursework and experiential learning, you’ll develop the research, analytical, and teamwork skills to tackle a variety of scientific problems in diverse environments. You’ll also have the opportunity to join research labs, study abroad at various companies, and work with instrumentation. When you apply to Illinois, you can choose to apply to either Chemistry or Chemistry BSLA. Our Chemistry BSLA major has fewer technical requirements and allows more flexibility to pursue other interests, resulting in a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences. It also offers a Secondary Education option for the teaching of Chemistry in high schools. Our Chemistry major includes a specialized curriculum endorsed by the American Chemical Society and will earn you a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. It also offers an Environmental Chemistry option.

Career Options

  • Chemistry
  • Dentistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Government
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Research
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

80% employed or continuing education

52% employed after graduation

28% attending graduate school

$44,522 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: AbbVie, PepsiCo, Ingredion

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Chicago, University of California, Los Angeles, Midwestern University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

28 - 32 ACT Score

1300 - 1460 SAT Score

3.45 - 3.90 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394


  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876


  • Tuition: $36,556
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $56,250