Chemistry is of great importance in the disciplines of biology, geology, physics, engineering, psychology, and medicine. Knowledge of chemistry is essential in drug research, textiles, elastomers, paper, paint, food, fuel, materials, adhesives, water purification, agriculture, insecticides, forensics, environmental protection, and many other fields. A degree in chemistry significantly expands career options and provides diverse opportunities, such as working at a pharmaceutical company, law firm, the FBI, Coast Guard, aerospace industry, or in government.
Chemistry is a preferred major for post-graduate, professional schools — an excellent choice for pre-med, pre-dental and pre-pharmacy students.
There are four different degree programs offered here at UofL. The four curricula in chemistry are designed to give the student the critical thinking and technical skills necessary to become highly employable. B.A. and B.S. curricula adapted for pre-medical students are available.
Bachelor of Arts: a broad, liberal arts degree.
Bachelor of Science: Designed for students who plan to study chemistry ingraduate school or are interested in careersin industry at a higher scientific level than that of the BA chemist. The BS degree program is approved by the American Chemical Society.
Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry): Includes bio-related courses. This sequence is an excellent choice for pre-medical students and students interested ingraduate study in biochemistry or related fields.
Bachelor of Science (Business): includes 28 hours of business courses for students interested in industry, management, or marketing.
After two years of study, students become eligible to participate in the department’s cooperative education program, which enables students to work in the chemical industry for credit. Many students earn credit towards graduation by performing research with Chemistry and/or Health Sciences campus faculty.
Chemistry occupies its own building with wellequipped instructional laboratories consisting of top-of-the-line research equipment for UV, IR, NMR and laser spectroscopy as well as mass spectrometry and advanced computational chemistry.
Chemistry majors have several options when applying their degrees to the job market. Their ability to think critically, be highly organized, and because they have excellent research skills, chemistry majors can find employment in a variety of fields. Below are some examples of the types of jobs that chemistry majors can obtain with a 4-year degree.
- Clinical Assistant
- Chemical Technician
- Research Analyst
- Consulting/Management Analyst
- Forensic Science Technician
- High School Teacher
- Technical Writer
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