Chemistry

Bachelor of Science

You might call chemistry the keystone science. The study of matter—its properties, structures, and changes—chemistry is essential to nearly every other scientific field: astronomy, physics, biology, and geology. Its practical applications are endless, from medicine to plastics; from the planet's atmosphere to alternative forms of energy production.

If you enjoy working puzzles, either independently or with others; if you’re interested in developing hands-on lab skills, you’ll be a perfect fit for this major. As a KU Chemistry student your learning environment is the Boehm Science Center, a state-of-the art facility housing teaching and research laboratories equipped with the most modern chemical instrumentation.

Approved by the American Chemical Society, the program provides extensive industrial internship and summer research opportunities at research-intensive institutions.  View a list of these opportunities.

The immediate career options for graduates are diverse and wide ranging: from medical professions, pharmaceuticals, research and development, environmental and geological fields, to education, and industry positions. Those choosing to further their education at the graduate level typically pursue advanced degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or medicine.

Sample Degree Career Options

  • pharmaceutical analyst
  • environmental testing specialist
  • forensic laboratory analyst
  • lubrication scientist
  • metallurgist
  • instrument service technician
  • flavor development specialist
  • water quality analyst

Student Learning Outcomes

  • BS in Chemistry
    1. Upon completion of the Chemistry program, students will be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of mastery of core chemical principals.
    2. Upon completion of the Chemistry program, students will be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of mastery regarding chemical instrumental techniques.
    3. Upon completion of the Chemistry program, students will be able to effectively deliver an oral scientific presentation that demonstrates their ability to critically evaluate and assimilate information from the primary chemical literature.

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