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Chemistry

1.What is the Chemistry major?
2.What career fields often interest Chemistry majors?
3.What skills are developed within this major?
4.What Chemistry resources are available?
5.Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
6.Where can I get more information about the Chemistry major?

1. What is the Chemistry major?

Chemistry majors develop skills that may lead to a wide variety of occupational tracks. Trained to think both analytically and creatively, chemists solve practical as well as research problems– skills that are readily transferable to many careers.

Chemistry provides answers to questions about the living and material world around us. Knowledge of chemistry is essential to understanding fields ranging from cell biology to materials science. In addition to careers directly related to chemistry, chemistry majors find employment opportunities in such diverse fields as medicine, veterinary medicine, chiropractic medicine, osteopathy, pharmacology, pharmaceuticals, physical therapy, dentistry, medical technology, engineering, criminology, and law. Knowledge of chemistry is also crucial to environmental protection efforts as well as to preserving the health and safety of mankind.

Chemistry majors may be employed in such diverse settings as research, education, government, and private industry. Nearly 70 percent of chemists have jobs in the industrial sector. Others work in academia, for nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Almost half of all chemists work in research. Often chemists combine teaching and research, administrative, and production work.

The Wake Forest University Chemistry Department offers undergraduate students either a BA or BS degree in Chemistry.

2. What career fields often interest Chemistry majors?

Career fields that often interest Chemistry majors:

Astronomer
Chemical Engineer
Chemist
Dentist
Dietician
Educator
Food and Drug Analyst
Food Technologist
Forensic Chemist
Genetic Counselor
Hospital Administrator
Laboratory Analyst
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Researcher
Meteorologist
Pharmaceuticals Researcher
Pharmacist
Physician
Toxicologist

3. What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: Ability to make critical observations and appropriate decisions; Ability to operate scientific equipment; Ability to organize and maintain accurate records; Good vision and manual dexterity; Ability to conduct and clearly explain scientific research; Strong mathematical background; Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and memorization; Sensitivity to the health and safety of others; and ability to analyze data and find new ways of doing things.

4. What Chemistry resources are available?

American Chemical Society
American Chemical Society Publications
ChemWeb
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Journal of Chemical Education

5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?

Click here to see where Chemistry majors have landed jobs after graduation.

6. Where can I get more information about the Chemistry major?

For more information about the Chemistry major, visit the WFU Department of Chemistry.