Chemical Sciences, B.S.

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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Chemistry is regarded as "the central science" because of the crucial ranking it holds in modern science and engineering. Most observable phenomena in the natural sciences can be detailed in terms of the chemical and physical attributions of behaviors in atoms and molecules. Much of the progress made in medicine and engineering is a result of the discovery and understanding of chemical processes and their real world applications to biological and earth systems.

Recent advancements with technology in the chemical sciences are pushing researchers in the field and faculty at colleges toward examining and experimenting on phenomena at the nanoscale, the size range intermediate between individual molecules and macroscopic matter. The ability to measure, conceptualize, and manipulate the properties of matter on these size scales are quintessential chemistry degree requirements that are expected at the university level when pursuing a BS in chemistry. The knowledge gathered from these studies permits us to draw theoretical and practical connections between the submicroscopic world of atoms and molecules and the macroscopic world we perceive with our senses.

UC Merced Bachelor of Chemistry

UC Merced offers an undergraduate major leading to a B.S. degree in the Chemical Sciences. All of our programs meet the requirements for approval by the American Chemical Society. The curriculum is catered to meet the needs of students who plan to finalize their formal education with a bachelors in chemistry degree as well as those who wish to pursue a master’s degree. The UC Merced Chemistry B.S. graduate is qualified to pursue a career in chemistry or an allied field. UC Merced offers both a basic chemistry program and three emphasis tracks in biological chemistry, environmental chemistry, and materials chemistry, which allow students to choose interdisciplinary areas within a degree program that is still focused on chemistry.

Chemistry Degree Careers

After graduating and receiving your bachelor’s degree in chemistry, the following fulfilling careers are available for you to seek and apply for:

  • Agricultural Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Environmental Chemist
  • EPA Chemist
  • Forensic Scientist, Geneticist
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Petroleum Industry Chemist
  • Polymer Chemist
  • Water Conservation Specialist

With the knowledge gained from expert faculty in the classroom and labs, the opportunity for graduating students with a degree in chemistry is far-reaching. If these careers look like promising pursuits, apply to UC Merced as a Chemical Science Major and put in the work to achieve a fulfilling path towards meaningful employment within the field of chemistry.

What Can You Do With A Chemistry Degree?

  • Annual Job Openings in CA: 6,252
  • 10-year projected job market growth:15.9%
  • Median wage in California: $108,956

Upon graduation, you might become*:

  • Chemist
  • Research Scientist
  • Clinical Lab Technician
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Food and Drug Research Scientist
  • *Biochemist
  • Industrial Production Manager
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Quality Control Chemist

*Careers with * typically require further education and training.