Your future in Chemistry

Chemists work for:

  • Chemical manufacturers
  • Electronic and scientific instrument manufacturers
  • Food, oil and gas, and paper manufacturers
  • Government agencies
  • National and private laboratories
  • Research firms

Our chemistry alumni include a former president of Dow Corning Corp.-Europe, a former head patent attorney for Eli Lilly and Co., two past presidents of the American College of Surgeons, and many other outstanding researchers and university professors.

Recent graduates have been recruited heavily for industrial and government positions or have attended some of the country’s top graduate and medical schools.

What we offer

We provide you a quality education by combining formal classroom instruction with training on state-of-the-art instruments. Our degree programs include a:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree that qualifies you to be a professional chemist with an industry or university
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree with a concentration in forensic science if you want a career in a private or forensic lab
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry that prepares you for careers in a chemistry-related area such as business, marketing and sales, professional health services, environmental studies, pharmacology and patent law
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry with teaching certification that equips you for teaching chemistry and related sciences in elementary and secondary schools

The forensic science program is one of only 38 programs nationwide certified by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Many opportunities are available for our students to participate in undergraduate research. This helps you prepare for graduate school, gain experience for an internship or publish in a scientific journal.

Our faculty members include professors honored by the American Chemical Society and one of the world’s foremost computational chemists. Their research spans the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and chemical education. They also collaborate with other UNT departments in computational, materials and organometallic chemistry. Our computational chemistry research group is one of the largest in the nation.

The Chemistry Resource Center and the Computational Chemistry Instructional Laboratory provide mentoring and tutoring services to Chemistry majors. You can also participate in the student chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity.

Our department has several scholarships, monetary awards and jobs available to help you pursue your degree. We can also help you apply for national and international scholarships.

The chemistry program is recognized for its excellence in education, earning accreditation from the American Chemical Society (1155 Sixteenth St., NW; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 800-227-5558). This distinction means we meet or exceed high standards for excellence in education.

What to expect

Regardless of your degree plan as a Chemistry major, you will take courses in:

  • Analytical chemistry studying the structure, composition and nature of substances
  • Inorganic chemistry studying noncarbonbased compounds such as those in electronic components
  • Organic chemistry studying carbon-based compounds such as those in medicines and plastics
  • Physical chemistry studying characteristics of atoms and molecules and chemical reactions

You will also take courses in statistical measurements and methods.