What can one do with a degree in chemistry or biochemistry?

There are no limits to where careers in chemistry can lead. Chemistry and biochemistry majors are prepared for careers in such diverse settings as research, education, government, and industry, all at various levels of responsibility. Obtaining practical experience using modern scientific equipment and analyzing data is very beneficial. Employers are interested in the skills that our Chemistry and Biochemistry majors tend to possess, including:

Career Opportunities

The B.S./B.A. degree is sufficient for many entry-level positions in industry and governmental laboratories, as well as the chemistry and biochemistry allied areas.  The CSULB Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry prepares B.A. and B.S.graduates for a wide variety of careers in science and science-related activities. Some of the options that are aviailble to our Chemistry or Biochemistry graduates:

Advanced Degrees

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree is sufficient for employment in applied research within industrial and governmental laboratories, teaching positions at community colleges/high schools, and managerial positions in some companies.  An M.S. degree can also provide additional training for a student needing to improve their skill before admissions to a Ph.D. program in chemistry or biochemistry.  The CSULB Chemistry and Biochemistry Department also offers a graduate program granting Master of Science degrees in both Chemistry and Biochemistry.  See the Graduate Program pages for more information.

Typically, a Ph.D. degree is required for teaching positions at the university level, some managerial and other advanced positions within industrial/manufacturing firms and governmental agencies/laboratories, and many research positions

Should you go to graduate/professional school to earn a higher degree? This, of course, depends on your career goals. People with advanced degrees tend to earn higher salaries, experience more rapid career development, and generally have more career options.  These advanced degrees require an additional 2-8 years of study beyond the undergraduate level. In the case of the Ph.D. degree, those interested in university/college level teaching positions and some research positions may also need 1-2 additional years of post-doctoral research experience.

Additional Resources

The following links are provided to help you learn more about the options available to chemistry and biochemistry degree graduates. It is strongly recommended that you discuss your career plans with our Undergraduate Advisor, who is prepared to help you make the most of your undergraduate experience and best prepare you for the career in which you're interested.