Do you have a passion for understanding how the natural world works? Why does ice float? Why is the sky blue?

From understanding processes in everyday life to studying stars in the universe, atoms, molecules, and ions structure every aspect of existence. In chemistry, you’ll look closely at the structure and properties of matter and develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

Careers in Business, Industry, Government, and Education

Chemistry is by far the largest field of employment in the sciences. Approximately three-fourths of all chemists are employed by private industry.

  • Work for private industry in fields such as petroleum, primary metals, electrical equipment, aerospace, paper, food, and rubber.
  • Work in biotechnology or engineering.
  • Work in environmental protection, as a forensics chemist, or as an oceanographer.
  • Get a job as a research assistant or become a teacher.

Transfer Opportunities and Pathways

A Chemistry major can be found at many bachelor’s granting institutions. Some universities and colleges may even have similar, but more specified majors to explore, that could align better with your interests. Examples include Biochemistry, Atmospheric Science, Chemical/Materials Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Soil Science, Earth Science, and many more.

  • Search a list of Chemistry related majors at the UCs and CSUs
  • Compare average admit GPAs across similar majors at the UCs
  • Learn what major prep courses you need to take in order to transfer to the UCs or CSUs
  • Explore similar majors at private and out-of-state institutions