Opportunities in Chemistry

Chemistry is the central science and earning a degree in chemistry is great preparation for high-paying careers in healthcare, manufacturing, and technology. Look around you: nearly everything you interact with involves polymers, biomolecules, catalysts, materials, or pigments. It's all chemistry!


Pre-Med / Pre-Dental / Pre-Pharmacy Degree Programs

Chemistry is a great major to prepare for a career in the health sciences!  Chemists traditionally score higher on the MCAT, and the courses you take in chemistry are precisely what medical and pharmacy schools are looking for.  Degree options include:

  • The BS Pre-Med/Pre-Dental Degree allows students to enter medical or dental school with all the required courses. Click here to view a typical schedule.
  • The BA Pre-Health Professions Degree creates a streamlined pathway to medical school and other pre-health professional schools. It offers more flexibility for programs like physician's assistant (PA) school, nursing school, etc. Click here to view a typical schedule.
  • The BS Pre-Pharmacy Degree prepares students to enter any pharmacy program in the southeast. Click here to view a typical schedule.


Chemistry Degree Programs

Chemistry provides students with rigorous training in science and technology. As a chemist, you will learn valuable quantitative skills that will prepare you for a great job! Degree options include:

  • The BS Degree prepares students for careers in chemistry, including materials engineering, polymers, clinical diagnostics, and more. Click here to view a typical schedule.
  • The BS with ACS Certification prepares students for graduate school and advanced research in chemistry, including biological chemistry, synthetic chemistry, analytical chemistry, or physical chemistry. Click here to view a typical schedule.


Interested in Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ)?

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honor society. Many of our majors have high GPAs and are elegible for induction into this prestigious society. Moreover, as students in the College of Arts & Sciences, chemistry majors already have all of the technical and humanities courses to meet the requirements for ΦΒΚ membership. However, membership in ΦΒΚ also requires mastery of a foreign language, and students who are interested should consider taking up to a fourth semester (or equivalent) in a foreign lanaguage of their choice, and this is not normally required. It is easy to work in, but it may require some planning; be sure to talk to your advisor if you are interested!


Want to Know More?

Contact Whitnee Nettles, our undergraduate coordinator at wnettles@chemistry.msstate.edu or (662) 325-7006. You can also talk to any of our faculty members. We're eager to help!