Chemistry


The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers at BA, BS and Minor, as well as a MS and a PhD in Chemistry.  Courses in chemistry provide general knowledge and appreciation of chemistry and it's impact on society.  The BS prepares students to become professional chemists or to pursue graduate work in chemistry.  The BA is for the student who wants to understand the fundamental principles of chemistry and to study a number of other fields. Students may also choose an area of emphasis such as environmental chemistry, biological chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical physics.

Chemistry Department website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Chemistry and major sub-disciplines (analytical, organic, physical, inorganic, biochemistry)  
     
  • Design, carry out, record, and analyze the results of chemical experiments  
     
  • Use modern instrumentation and classical techniques, to design experiments, and to properly record the results of their experiment  
     
  • Practice and follow proper procedures for the safe handling of chemicals  
     
  • Communicate results to chemists and non-chemists. 

Popular Career Paths 

Research and Product Development: Typically involves helping organizations and companies solve problems and address specific needs of society by developing new products or improving existing ones. 
 
Sales, Marketing & Management: Can involve selling raw chemical materials, finished products, or equipment to clients as well as providing on-site testing, product performance evaluations, and maintenance. 
 
Teaching: Involves teaching chemistry at the high school or college level and requires being aware of changes in the field as well as staying current in related fields like biology and physics.  Teaching at the high school level typically requires a teaching certification, while teaching at the collegiate level requires an advanced degree in Chemistry. 
 
Technical Writing/Editing: Includes writing and editing technical documents, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. 

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Jobs to Consider 

Places to Seek Employment 

  • Federal Government Agencies
  • Biotechnology Firms
  • Chemical Production Plants
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Commercial Testing Laboratories
  • Construction Companies
  • Oil and Gas Companies
  • Professional Associations
  • Agricultural Research Firms
  • Manufacturing Firms
  • Medical Research Firms
  • Environmental Engineering Firms
  • Pharmaceutical Research Firms
  • Private/Public Schools
  • Food Manufacturers and Processors
  • Research Laboratories
  • State Environmental Management Agencies
  • Specialty Chemical Firms
  • Waste Treatment Plants 

Job and Internship Search Resources 

  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry Job Center - national and international job opportunities for clinical laboratory professionals, research scientists, physicians and others involved in clinical chemistry 
     
  • American Chemical Society Career Center - contains chemistry jobs, job search resources, career fairs and professional development opportunities 
     
  • BioSpace - biotechnology and pharmaceutical job postings, job search resources, and networking opportunities 
     
  • Epic: Experiential Programs in Chemistry - list of internships and research opportunities in chemistry; resource provided by the American Chemical Society 
     
  • LifeScienceJobs.com - international job opportunities in chemical manufacturing and research, healthcare, pharmaceutical research and sales, medical devices and academia 
     
  • MakingtheDifference.org - job opportunities in varying government agencies for those interested in pursuing a career in chemistry 
     
  • Pfizer Internship Program - Pfizer is a biopharmaceutical research and development company that offers summer internships to chemistry students 
     
  • Science Careers - contains biotech, pharmaceutical, faculty and postdoc jobs as well as employer profiles from the Journal Science

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
     
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
     
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
     
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
     
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
     
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
     
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
     
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
     
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
     
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.