What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of the nature of substances and the changes they undergo. Through classwork and hands-on learning, you’ll develop the skills to tackle a variety of problems in different environments. You’ll also have the opportunity to join research labs and study abroad at various companies. When you apply to Illinois, you can choose to apply to either Chemistry or Chemistry BSLAS. Our Chemistry BSLAS major has fewer technical requirements. It 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.

Career Options

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

Post-Graduation Success1

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

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

28 - 33 ACT score

1300 - 1460 SAT score

3.53 - 3.94 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

4.0 years to degree

92% freshman retention rate

67% four-year graduation rate

84% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,258
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses4: $15,952
  • Total: $37,818


  • Tuition: $34,708
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses4: $16,292
  • Total: $55,608


  • Tuition: $37,098
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses4: $16,292
  • Total: $57,998