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Chemistry is the study of matter at the molecular level. Professional chemists
Through classwork and hands-on laboratory learning, you’ll develop the skills to tackle a variety of technical problems in environments that range from aerospace to the local zoo. You’ll also have the opportunity to join research labs and take part in internships at various companies.
When you apply, you can choose to apply to either
The Chemistry BS degree is certified by the American Chemical Society. It is intended for people who intend to pursue a career in the chemical sciences. Our Chemistry BSLAS major has fewer technical requirements. It allows more flexibility to pursue other interests (frequently the health sciences). The Chemistry BSLAS major also offers a Secondary Education option for the teaching of Chemistry in high schools.
80% employed or continuing education
46% employed after graduation
34% attending graduate school
$45,611 average starting annual income
Sample employer destinations: AbbVie, Cargill, Ingredion View All
Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan View All
4.0 years to degree
92% first-year retention rate
67% four-year graduation rate
84% six-year graduation rate