Chemists explore and manipulate the chemical elements to uncover the splendor of the created order and to develop uses for this new knowledge. The study of chemistry allows you to view the world in a profound new way and empowers you to significantly change it.

Is a career in chemistry or biochemistry for you?

  • Do you want to understand the material world around you?
  • Are you fascinated by the molecular complexity of living organisms?
  • Can you envision tailoring materials down to the very atoms and molecules?
  • Have you ever tried to make something that has never been made before?
  • Can you inspire a new generation of chemists through teaching?
  • Do you want to make a difference in the fight against disease?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a career in chemistry or biochemistry may be the right calling for you.

Careers in chemistry & biochemistry

Countless vocations are open to chemistry and biochemistry majors, both working directly in the field of chemistry and working at the intersections of chemistry with other fields, such as medicine, law, engineering, business, and education.

The links below provide a detailed look at several career paths that a degree in chemistry and biochemistry opens up for you.

Analytical Chemistry | Biochemistry | Biotechnology | Chemical Education | Environmental Chemistry | Food Chemistry | Inorganic Chemistry | Organic Chemistry | Pre-Pharmacy

Calvin's pre-pharmacy advisor, Michael Barbachyn, will assist students in planning their 3-to 4-year curriculum. Most pharmacy schools require the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), which should be taken in the fall semester of the student’s final year at Calvin. More information on the Pre-Pharmacy page. Prospective and current students are encouraged to explore Learn How to Become a Pharmacist on this exciting career choice. »

Physical Chemistry | Science Writing

Some careers to consider

  • Technical writer
  • Pulp and paper chemist
  • Paint formulation chemist
  • Chemical information specialist
  • Research assistant
  • Textile chemist
  • Teacher
  • Biochemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Electronics engineer (solid state chemistry)
  • Environmental inspector
  • Food scientist/technologist
  • Forensic chemist
  • Genetic engineer
  • Materials chemist
  • Medical technologist
  • Natural resource manager
  • Pharmaceutical chemist
  • Polymer chemist
  • Water purification chemist

Get started at the Career Center.

Teach chemistry

Thinking about teaching chemistry at the high school level? Contact Crystal Bruxvoort for details about the chemistry secondary education major, or learn more from the education department.