Na, Be, Ag, He. Do you speak in elements? Can you see yourself wearing a white coat studying the way fluids or compounds interact with each other in a lab setting? If you'd like to learn more about the physical science that studies matter, then majoring in chemistry might be right for you.

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UTSA’s Chemistry Program

Roadrunners seeking a Chemistry degree may choose from either the B.S. in Chemistry or a B.A. in Chemistry. The B.S. meets the minimum requirements for professional chemists through an official certification by the American Chemical Society.

Both programs are designed to ensure career opportunities in environmental studies, government agencies, teaching industry, medical technology, pre-professional programs, or can pave the way for graduate study in chemistry or other related fields.

Careers in Chemistry

Top job titles for chemistry graduates include:

• Chemist
• Quality Control Analyst
• Laboratory Technologist
• Chemical Technician
• Researcher

Chemistry and its related career pathways are currently in much lower demand than average in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Boston, MA, New York City, NY, and San Diego, CA. More than 144,000 chemistry-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Chemistry Graduates

Chemistry is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of chemistry-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Scientific Research
• Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
• General Hospitals
• Higher Education
• Medical Labs

Salaries for Chemistry Graduates

The salary range for open chemistry-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $36,023
median $49,838
top 10% $77,377

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Chemistry Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a chemistry graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Chemistry may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy learning
• You like solving puzzles and problems
• You are detail oriented
• You are a good planner

Scholarships Offered:

  • Dr. B. Thyagarajan Endowed Scholarship
    • Incoming Freshmen or Current Undergraduates, enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours/semester)
    • Incoming Freshmen: 860+ SAT or 18+ ACT, and Top 50% Rank in graduating class
    • Current Undergraduates: cumulative 2.6+ GPA
    • Major: Chemistry, Geology, Physics
  • Joseph J. Gdovin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
    • Current Undergraduate(s), enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours/semester) Completed 30+ semester credit hours
    • Major: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology
    • GPA: cumulative 2.8+
  • San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. Scholarship – Upperdivision
    • Incoming junior, enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours/semester)
    • Major: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Microbiology & Immunology
    • Must be enrolled in the Honors College
    • GPA: semester 2.5+
    • Must be a Texas permanent resident of Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, Wilson, Frio, Karnes, or Kerr Counties
    • Must be a graduate of a Texas public, private, or home school within the last two years

Student Life

Roadrunners seeking a Chemistry degree may choose from either the B.S. in Chemistry or a B.A. in Chemistry. The B.S. meets the minimum requirements for professional chemists through an official certification by the American Chemical Society. Both programs are designed to ensure career opportunities in environmental studies, government agencies, teaching industry, medical technology, pre-professional programs, or can pave the way for graduate study in chemistry or other related fields. Students studying Chemistry may consider becoming involved in:

  • American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Chapter