What Can I Do With a Major in Chemistry?

Chemistry deals with phenomena that affect nearly every aspect of our lives and environment. The chemistry curriculum is sufficiently flexible to allow students with career interests in areas such as the health professions, law, business, and education to design a major program suitable to their goals. Students interested in careers in chemistry or biochemistry will find sufficient chemistry electives to provide a strong background for work in graduate school, industry, or other positions requiring a strong foundation in chemistry. The department and its curriculum are approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and an ACS-certified major is offered.

– Bates Chemistry Department

Related Careers

Graduates with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry often pursue professional and graduate degrees in related fields, including medicine, engineering, and research. Jobs that are related to chemistry are lab assistants, sales in manufacturing companies, education, forensics, and food chemistry.


  • Lab Technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Food Chemist
  • Regulatory Scientist
  • Science Librarian
  • Research or Production Chemist

Graduate School

  • Boston College, PhD Chemistry
  • University of California, Berkley, PhD Chemistry
  • MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography, PhD
  • Utah State University, Masters in Nutrition and Food Sciences,
  • Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Masters of Science
  • Tufts University, PhD Biology