Undergraduate

Undergraduate Programs

We offer four undergraduate major options. The list below will provide the requirements and standard timetable for obtaining these degrees.

Students who are interested in graduate work in biochemistry should follow the Standard Chemistry Major with a Biochemical Option.

Why Study Chemistry

As the study of elementary substances, a chemistry or biochemistry major forms the foundation of many different careers. In addition to the traditional chemistry laboratory, Chemistry and Biochemistry majors find job opportunities in:

  • Medical labs
  • Crime labs
  • Sales
  • Teaching
  • Manufacturing
  • Government

Many Chemistry and Biochemistry majors also enter into Health Fields including:

  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry

According to the American Chemical Society, the median salary for a professional with a BS in Chemistry or Biochemistry is $36,700 with less than 12 months experience; salaries increase with both experience and education:

Median Annual Salaries

Based on Chemistry/Biochemistry Degrees

Prior Experience B.S. M.S. Ph.D.
Less than 12 months $36.7 $48.0 $60.0
12-36 months $38.6 $47.0 $70.0
More than 36 months $40.0 $64.0 $75.0

Median annual salaries $ in thousands, 2007 starting salaries
Source: ACS News, C&EN 2008.