Chemistry provides students with opportunities to study fascinating topics, to conduct original chemical research, to carry out exciting experiments, to make the world better, and to have wonderful assurance of a great job after graduation! Developing better household goods, serving as a doctor or other health professional, synthesizing lifesaving pharmaceuticals, educating the next generation, and protecting the environment are all within the realm of chemistry. A chemistry degree can open the door to varied job opportunities in the U.S and around the world.
I want to do environmental chemistry. I’d love to work in my field to help our world be better stewards of what God gave us by reducing waste, pollution, poor water quality, and more!
Why should I choose to study a degree in chemistry?
Chemistry is interesting, dynamic, and rewarding; you can improve people’s lives with a bachelors degree in chemistry.
What are some courses I will take as a chemistry major?
Connecting with Chemistry
Hands down, Kendall McGahey '16 says she would choose UMHB again if she had the chance. “I really connected with people there since it was a small school.” Kendall, who is now earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at UNT Health Science Center to become a pediatric pharmacist, says this made it easy to get “plugged in.” While at UMHB, she was a teaching assistant for the chemistry department, president of the chemistry club, attended two chemistry conferences, and volunteered at the local children’s hospital. She especially loved creating a new program called “Chemistry with the Cru” that took chemistry experiments and activities to the hospital for pediatric patients to enjoy.
What are some jobs for chemistry degrees?
With a degree in chemistry, you can follow many career paths:
- Forensic chemist
- Pharmaceutical developer
- Environmental scientist
- Research and development in industry
- High school teacher or university professor
Who is hiring chemistry major UMHB students?
UMHB Chemistry students have found success in many different areas:
- Abbott Pharmaceuticals in Austin
- Royal Purple Automotive Products
- Alcon Contact Lens Products
- USAF Academy
- Baylor Scott & White Clinic
- Industrial Fluids
Where can I go to grad school with a chemistry degree?
Many Chemistry students have continued their education at these schools:
- Baylor University
- University of Notre Dame
- University of Texas at Austin
- Texas A&M Medical School
- U. T. Southwestern Medical School
- Texas Tech Pharmacy School
Why study a chemistry degree at UMHB?
Internships give majors opportunities to work in interesting settings such as the Baylor Scott & White Clinic Cyto-Genetics Lab and the U.S. Department of Agriculture lab in Temple.
Chemistry labs are fitted with outstanding instrumentation: Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, Colorimetry, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Gas Chromatography, High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Magnetic Susceptibility, Mass Spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, pH meters, Potentiostat, and Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrophotometers give majors opportunities to work with instruments they will encounter in the field after graduation.