Why Major in Chemistry?

  • Chemistr will provide an excellent foundation for careers in Medicine and the Allied Health Sciences. In fact, a Chemistry undergraduate degree is proven to produce higher MCAT scores than Biology or Biochemistry degrees (Source: Association of American Medical Colleges).
  • Chemistry is one of a small number of college majors directly associated with a wide variety of fields including not only the traditional chemical industries of manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and analytical research but also in related fields such as engineering, environmental science, art conservation, education, forensics, and national security.
  • According to the latest annual American Chemical Society salary survey, the median salary for all chemists as of 2008 was $93,000. The unemployment rate for chemistry degree holders, for over a decade, has been consistently lower than the national average. Significantly, in this age of job insecurity, only 2.3% of chemists responding to the 2008 survey were unemployed and seeking employment.

Our Chemistry curriculum combines broad based training in the major areas of chemistry (Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, Analytical and Physical) with a firm foundation in mathematics and physics. Students considering graduate school in chemistry or related sciences are strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research over a summer or during the academic year. The Chemistry department at MSU has a broad range of research programs for undergraduates including:

  • Enzymology/Drug Discovery
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Biochemistry/Organometallics
  • Nanoparticles/Photochemistry
  • Natural Products/ Biomass Conversion
  • Miniature Chemical Sensors

Dr. Deb Mlsna
Chemistry Department Undergraduate Coordinator
Telephone: (662) 325-3799

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