Claim your chemistry career

During your chemistry studies at USM, you will have the opportunity to participate in independent research with expert faculty. Research is put to the test at national and regional professional conferences, including the Kansas Academy of Science and the American Chemical Society.

You will also have the chance to stand out. USM's Chemistry program is an excellent resume builder for graduate school or professional school, such as medicine, dentistry, and physical therapy.  We’ll help you shine through:

  • Laboratory work-study opportunities

  • Excellence on pre-professional exams

  • Graduate school and/or professional application preparation assistance

Average salaries, according to 2011 U.S. economics survey, put chemistry careers in the range of nearly $70,000 per year.

If you're not interested in post-graduate work, USM’s chemistry program is well-suited for students who plan careers in business, secondary education, technical support, or other areas related to the sciences.

Typical career fields for bachelor's degree graduates are:


  • Laboratory Scientist

  • Forensics

  • Food and Flavor

  • Oil and Petroleum

  • Environmental

  • Textiles

  • Biochemistry

  • Cosmetics

  • Agricultural

With graduate degrees, you can explore even greater challenges, including:

  • Chemical Engineering

  • Patent Lawyer

  • Professional Schools

  • Medicine

  • Pharmacy

  • Dentistry

  • Veterinary

  • Physical Therapy


Gregory Burns - Class of 2000

USM Biology & Chemistry major now an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Billings, Mont.

"I choose Saint Mary for its smaller atmosphere in general. I knew that I could get more one on one help if I needed it.

The education was well-rounded and excellent overall. Saint Mary offered a pre-health education that had a solid foundation for future learning. The small class sizes allow a relationship to develop between student and instructor. This is almost unheard of at larger universities."