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Students majoring in chemistry typically go on
to graduate study in chemistry, to medical school, to a job in the chemical
industry, or to teaching at the secondary school level. Because of chemistry's
wide application throughout modern technology, jobs in chemistry are often
available even when the economy is down. The employment record of Seattle University chemistry
graduates has been very good over a period of many years. Two excellent
career resources, linked below, are the American Chemical Society and
Seattle University Career Services.
Several scholarships exist for undergraduate students who
are majoring in chemistry or biochemistry. Most of these offer funding
for tuition based mainly on academic performance, but other criteria are
sometimes relevant, such as financial need, career objective, leadership
skills, and involvement in school activities and community service.
The term “graduate school” refers to advanced
study that leads to a Master’s (M.S.) degree or a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree.
There are many graduate programs available to you in chemistry, biochemistry,
or related disciplines (e.g., materials science). Master’s degree
programs typically are 1-2 years long, and require some coursework and some
research. Doctoral (Ph.D.) programs usually require some coursework, but
are more research intensive; they are usually 4-6 years long. Chemistry
or biochemistry majors can apply to most Ph.D. programs without first earning a
M.S. degree. The best resources for students who are considering graduate
study are at the American Chemical Society.
Ph.D. students in chemistry, biochemistry and related fields in the U.S.
generally include tuition waivers (i.e., are free!), pay students a monthly
stipend (approximately $1500–$2000 per month), and also include health
insurance. M.S. students usually pay tuition and do not get paid a
monthly stipend. Despite the fact that Ph.D. programs are generally free,
earning a scholarship for graduate school is a very prestigious honor.
Links to such opportunities are listed below.
The term “professional school” refers to programs that
prepare students for specific professions. Examples of health-related
professional schools include medical school, naturopathic medical school,
podiatric medical school, dental school, optometry school, pharmacy school,
nursing school, and veterinary school. Generally speaking, these programs
do not offer scholarships or stipends. The Seattle University Pre-Health Advising Center is
an excellent resource for students who are interested in professional
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