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Careers & Opportunities for Chemistry Majors

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Careers in Chemistry

Chemistry majors have a variety of possible career choices available to them upon graduation. Career choices include, but are not limited to:

Graduate school - Many students choose to continue their study in a particular field of interest with an advanced degree.

Professor - To teach chemistry on a collegiate level, an advanced degree is required.

Biotechnology - Biotechnology depends on the ability to alter chemical structures for materials and organisms like agriculture, livestock, pharmaceuticals or other industries.

Chemical Information Specialist - This job requires managing technical chemical information for researchers, industry professionals, students and professors.

Inorganic/Organic/Physical Chemistry - These professions usually require an advanced degree.

Research Specialist - Government agencies, private industries, pharmaceutical companies and independent researchers look for students with a solid science foundation.

Clinical Work (Physician, dentist, optometry, therapist, nurse, physician's assistant, veterinary, etc.) - A degree in chemistry lays a solid foundation for any medical career. Students interested in further medical training have the option of joining JBU's pre-medical program.

Missions or Humanitarian Work - Students can easily use their knowledge in chemistry for non-profit organizations that deal with agricultural, ecological or environmental community development.

Ecology - Students majoring in chemistry may wish to pursue a career in ecology or related fields. Forestry, environmental management, renewable energy or environmental research are all possible options for those interested in the field of ecology.

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Students can also be involved in research projects with chemistry faculty or participate in off-campus study programs.

Students have full use of JBU's biochemistry labs, which are equipped with some of the latest technology in the field.

Professors are constantly conducting individual research and students have the opportunity to work alongside professors in relevant scientific research.

All equipment is made available to students in the classroom and for undergraduate research.

Human anatomy students are given the unique opportunity to participate in cadaver dissection. John Brown University is one of only two universities in the state of Arkansas that make cadaver dissection available to undergraduate students!

Students get to conduct experiments with human and animal organ systems.

Marine biology students spend time in the Florida Keys during an intensive spring-break study trip

Laboratories in human physiology include surgical procedures and experimental manipulation of live non-human vertebrate specimens.

Areas of further interest include:

Pre-Professional Studies: prepares students to apply to graduate or professional schools in the areas of medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, etc.

Allied Heath: designed for students who desire to pursue further training in fields such as nursing, physician's assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.

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