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Chemistry

Major Information

Georgia Southern chemistry programs include lecture and laboratory courses to establish a fundamental understanding of the discipline. In addition to the University core curriculum of essential skills, chemistry students take analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry courses appropriate to the program. Requirements vary between the B.A. and B.S. degrees.

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Chemistry (B.A.)

GPA Requirement: 2.0

Sample Occupations

  • Administrator (Federal, State, County, Municipal)
  • Agricultural Chemist
  • Air Analyst
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Technician
  • Dentist
  • Dye Chemist
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Food Chemist
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Geneticist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Geo-Chemist
  • Hematology Technologist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Inorganic Chemist
  • Laboratory Instructor
  • Laboratory Tester
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical/Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  • Narcotics Investigator
  • Organic Chemist
  • Patent Examiner
  • Pharmacologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Chemist
  • Physician
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Plant Protection Inspector
  • Polymers Chemist
  • Quality Control Supervisor
  • Radiologist
  • Research Chemist
  • Sanitarian
  • Soil Chemist
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Textile Chemist
  • Toxicologist
  • Translator, Scientific Documents
  • Veterinarian
  • Water Purification Chemist

Sample Work Settings

  • Agricultural & Conservation Organizations
  • Food/Beverage Companies
  • Drug, Chemical, & Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Power Services
  • Engineering Firms
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Equipment Companies (Automotive, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, Photographic)
  • Forestry Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Metal & Mineral Companies
  • Medical/Technical Libraries
  • Medical Labs
  • Mining Companies
  • Paper Companies
  • Petroleum & Coal Firms
  • Professional & Technical Journals
  • Public Health 
  • Research & Consulting Organizations
  • Shipping, Water & Transport Companies
  • Tire and Rubber Companies
  •  Tobacco Companies
  • US Department of Commerce
  • US Department of Defense
  • US Department of Health & Human Services
  • US Department of Interior
  • US Department of Labor
  • US Food & Drug Administration
  • US Veterans Administration

Sample Employers

  • Allnex
  • American Cancer Society
  • BASF
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Chick-fil-A, Inc.
  • Coca-Cola Refreshments
  • Coors Brewing Company
  • CVS Health
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • Emory Health
  • Health Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Johnson & Johnson, Inc.
  • MECLABS
  • Merck & Co.
  • NALCO Water
  • SNF Holding Company
  • Southern Nuclear
  • US Army

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2
bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $15

http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

National Association of College and Employers (NACE)

http://www.naceweb.org/salary-resources/index.aspx

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Forensic Science

www.aafs.org

American Association for Clinical Chemistry

www.aacc.org

American Chemical Society

www.chemistry.org

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

www.aiche.org

American Institute of Chemists

www.theaic.org

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

www.asbmb.org

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

Southern Chemical Society (GSU Student Affiliate of ACS)

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)

Tips

  • Get involved with faculty-supported undergraduate research
  • Present at a university-level or professional association supported event
  • Look to complete an internship or summer research opportunity
  • Plan ahead and decide if graduate or professional school is needed early
  • Seek out tutoring or teaching assistant opportunities
  • Join relevant organizations

Last updated: 7/26/2022