Why Major in Chemistry?

Chemistry is often called the "central science" because a strong knowledge of the material world is paramount to advancements in all areas of science.  The study of chemistry in our program at Kent State University will involve specialized instruction in each of the five sub-disciplines of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.  The benefits for studying and majoring in chemistry include:

  • Gaining vital skills in research, critical thinking and writing, and collaborative problem solving which are essential to success in the career marketplace today.
  • Research projects available in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Active chemistry student organizations providing excellent opportunities for social and professional interactions among chemistry majors.
  • Opportunities for advanced study offered in graduate courses, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs.

Chemistry (B.A., B.S.)

B.S. Concentrations
Biochemistry: Pre-Medicine/Pre-Osteopathy/Pre-Dentistry
Materials Chemistry

What can I do with a Chemistry degree?
Below is a list of potential career paths for students who major in chemistry.

Analytical Chemist Medical Doctor
Chemical Instrumentation Developer Patent Law
Dentist Petroleum Research
Drug Development and Manufacturing Pharmaceutical Chemist
Chemical Engineering Pharmacist
Environmental Protection Physician's Assistant
Food Researcher Quality Control & Assurance
Forensic Chemistry Research & Development
Formulation Chemist Research Assistant
Industrial Chemist Synthetic Chemist
Materials Scientist Teaching


"Focus 2" Major & Career Information

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  • Find out what a career is really like by speaking to someone in the field. Review the informational interviewing questions to ask and the list of possible people in your network to speak with.
  • Talk with your professors who have a wealth of knowledge about their career fields. 
  • Chat with family members about their work experiences and:
    • how they selected their careers
    • what they find rewarding/challenging
    • what skills they utilize
    • what their long-term goals are