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Chemistry & Biochemistry

FAQs

What do chemistry majors do after they graduate?

There is no division in gender for our graduates (47% female 53% male). About 50% pursue further education in graduate school (nearly 100% acceptance). Others find chemistry-related positions in companies and with government agencies, and a few pursue high-school teaching careers. Over the last seven years we have 100% employment within one year.

What kind of research experiences are available?

All chemistry majors are encouraged to engage in a senior research project under the supervision of a department faculty member. The senior project culminates in a presentation and written report, which is hard-bound for each student to keep. Internships and employment opportunities are available in local chemical and biotech industries, where students are often able to work part-time during the school year and full-time during summers.

What are typical salaries of chemists?

The salary of any chemist is variable depending heavily on education, experience, and employer. A median salary for an industrial position who is a recent graduate located in the New England area* is ~ $43,000. The stipend at most graduate schools is ~ $20,000. Unemployment in the chemical sciences is lower than the national unemployment average. Over the last ten years, at any given time about 2% of chemists were unemployed while the figures for non-chemists ranged from 4-8 %.
* Data from the American Chemical Society http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs .

I'm planning to become a doctor or a dentist, which courses should I take?

You will need to take two semesters EACH of General Chemistry (CHM1110 & CHM1120) AND Organic Chemistry (CHM2210 & CHM2220). Most medical and dental schools require at least four semesters of chemistry.