Chemistry BS Degree / Chemistry BS Degree-Biochemistry Emphasis (ACS Certified)
Get a Sound Foundation for Careers in Science, Medicine and Pharmacy
A bachelor’s degree in chemistry or chemistry with biochemistry emphasis from The University of Texas at Tyler prepares you for a diverse array of careers and educational paths. More than 9,000 companies hire graduates with chemistry or biochemistry degrees. Chemistry and biochemistry are vital to many areas of the economy and serve as key components of our modern society.
Biochemistry is one of the fastest growing and most important areas of modern chemistry. According to Forbes, biochemistry is the second most valuable college major of all majors. In addition, modern medicine requires a significant knowledge of biochemistry, as indicated by changes to the 2015 MCAT exam.
Chemists are active in careers like pharmaceutical design and development, alternative energy research, medicinal research, biotechnology, nanotechnology, forensics and environmental chemistry. A bachelor’s degree in chemistry is also an excellent choice for students planning to continue on to a dental, medical, pharmacy, veterinary or other health-related program.
- Choose from three chemistry program degree options: chemistry, biochemistry or chemistry teacher certification. Each option is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and earns the graduate recognition as an ACS certified chemist.
- Learn to apply cutting-edge technology in state-of-the-art facilities that are more frequently available in PhD programs.
Graduates of the UT Tyler chemistry and biochemistry program attend graduate school at Stanford University, Ohio State University and other premier PhD-granting institutions. They attend excellent medical programs like UT Southwestern Medical School and Baylor School of Medicine.
They are also employed by such organizations as: The Texas Department of Public Safety's Crime Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, SA Scientific and more.
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Bachelor’s in Chemistry: Job-Ready.
- Meet degree requirements and graduate as a certified American Chemical Society (ACS) chemist. The curriculum is also ACS-approved.
- Network with others from the scientific community by joining our award-winning Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society.
- Complete an internship with an area company to apply your skills or participate in research on campus to gain experience valued by future employers.
Chemistry Faculty: Respected. Student-Centered.
- Benefit from individual faculty mentoring and from small classes that encourage meaningful interactions.
- Do research alongside your professors using the most modern technology--a hallmark of UT Tyler science programs.
- Learn from professors who are frequent contributors to scientific literature. Published topics include: The Destruction and Removal of Nerve-Agent Simulants from Contaminated Surfaces; How Do Vanadium Compounds Alleviate the Symptoms of Diabetes? and Single Molecule Immunoassay on Plasmonic Platforms.
Chemistry Courses: Research. Experimentation. Discovery.
Biochemistry I – Explore chemistry and functions of biomolecules: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids; bioenergetics of the cell; and protein synthesis.
Analytical Chemistry – Study chemical equilibrium, pH and indicators; acid-base, oxidation-reduction and complex-formation reactions; calculations of analytical chemistry; reliability of measurements; and gravimetric and volumetric analysis.
Advanced Organic Chemistry – Examine the chemical basis of disease, medicine, drug action, drug design and drug synthesis.
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Career Outlook for Chemists
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms will drive demand for chemists over the next few years. Marketing and sales positions for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies offer strong job possibilities. A chemistry or biochemistry degree is a definite asset for job applicants. For more information, go to Occupational Outlook Handbook - Biochemists & Biophysicists and Occupational Outlook Handbook - Chemists & Materials Scientists.