Careers and Outcomes

Creating a solid future

As a chemistry major at Missouri State University, you will explore how chemistry touches almost every area of life. Chemistry is a science that ranges in its connections from physics and mathematics to biology and medicine. Our variety in course work will prepare you for career opportunities in a number of fields. Some of our graduates now lead successful careers as:

  • Chemical engineers
  • Environmental chemists
  • Forensic scientists
  • Medical doctors
  • Molecular biologists
  • Research chemists
  • Science journalists

Graduate education

If you decide to continue your education in a graduate program, your career options will increase, as well as your earning potential. To aid in this transition, you should produce solid undergraduate work and secure faculty recommendations to help you move on to the next step.

Professional school prep

Chemistry is also an excellent major for students planning careers in other health professions such as:

  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary medicine

Many students have found that having a chemical background gives them a distinct advantage in medical or dental school. All schools of dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and optometry require chemistry for admission. Almost every medical school requires one year of general chemistry and one year of organic chemistry, both with laboratories. Many dental and optometry schools also have the same requirements.

Forensic Chemistry

A forensic chemist is a professional who analyzes evidence from crime scenes in order to identify and characterize the evidence as part of the larger process of solving a crime. The forensic science job market has become more competitive over the past several years. A good academic record, particularly in relevant science courses, is a critical step towards entering the field.

Missouri State Career Center

To help you prepare and search for jobs, the Missouri State Career Center provides a database of current openings, tips for preparing your résumé and on-campus interview opportunities. The Career Center also compiles information about what you can do with a chemistry major.