Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Chemistry is known as the central science because just about everything that we can touch and feel is made of chemicals. The many applications of chemistry to our lives have created a broad range of opportunities for employment. With a B.A., B.S., or M.S. degree in Chemistry, a student may find a research or technical position in the petroleum, chemical or food processing industries. B.A. and B.S. graduates with degrees in chemistry or biochemistry are also employed by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. In addition, graduates of chemistry or biochemistry work in sales and plant development, quality control, customer relations, and many other aspects of modern business. Combining the bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry with a higher degree can lead to many unique and rewarding careers. The B.S. degree in biochemistry is particularly useful for those planning advance training in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or optometry. The B.A. in Chemistry and B.A. Biochemistry degrees with the Option in Chemistry Education prepare students for entry into a single subject teaching credential program in chemistry. The B.S. and M.S. programs provide excellent preparation for the Ph.D. degree for the student who wants to make research and/or university teaching in chemistry or biochemistry a primary occupation. Chemical research is at the heart of progress that is made in the development of pharmaceuticals, agriculture, nutrition, the environment, and our understanding of nature.
In general, the outlook is bright for anyone who wishes to study chemistry or biochemistry.
Chemistry & Biochemistry
North Science 431
College of Science
Phone: (510) 885-3452
Office Hours: 9–5, M–F