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Chemistry Degrees

This area provides information on chemistry degrees including various levels of qualifications and specializations.

Qualifications in Chemistry

For students or anyone else wishing to pursue a career in chemistry one must consider educational qualifications are important in progression within the field. A high school diploma or equivalent and a year or so of college/diploma, or an associate degree can often be enough to be hired as a lab assistant or technician.

However those holding a bachelor's degree will be able find occupation in most entry-level positions in chemistry industries and laboratories. Each specialization in chemistry has a different level of demand, for example with analytical chemistry will be comparatively different to organic chemistry. It may require students to pursue higher degrees to find occupation within a highly competitive area.

Some companies require students to have practical experience with many different techniques and instruments, by doing an honors degree, students complete a research project and are able to learn a variety of techniques an applications applicable to their future employment.

Completing a Master's degree students are given are higher opportunity to find employment in mid to higher level positions within chemistry organizations because of their increased knowledge, experience and expertise attained throughout their study. While second to a PHD, master’s students may be employed in entry-level teaching positions at some colleges.

Students who attain their PHD in chemistry are at the forefront of the industry and can find employment in many areas including research on grants, teaching and management positions.

The basic curriculum for a basic chemistry degree will include the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Calculus
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


  • When completing a chemistry degree, students may specialize in an area of chemistry as it is a very broad science. Some specializations in chemistry include:

  • Organic chemistry (study of carbon-based molecules)
  • Analytical chemistry (study of qualitative and quantitative analysis of molecules and samples to gain an understanding of their chemical composition and structure.)
  • Physical chemistry (study of physical basis of chemistry processes including association with physics aspects such chemical kinetics and electrochemistry)
  • Inorganic chemistry (study of molecule elements other than carbon)
  • Biochemistry (study of properties and structure of molecules in living organisms)
  • Polymer chemistry (study of reactions, properties and structure to polymers)
  • Research Areas for Honors and PHD students

    Research is a fundamental part of science as each student’s contribution assists in furthering of development of scientific processes, technology and knowledge. Some leading edge areas students may begin their research may include the following:

  • Synthetic Organic/Heterocyclic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • NMR Studies of Peptides and Proteins
  • Interactions between Proteins, DNA and Drugs
  • High Resolution and Infrared Spectroscopy and Mass spectrometry
  • Gas Phase Ion-Molecule Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Organic Synthetic Methodology
  • Use of Chiral Conducting Polymers and Organometallic Reagents in Asymmetric Synthesis
  • Areas and Job in Chemistry

    After completing a qualification in chemistry, students may find employment in a number of areas including chemical companies, universities and research areas, food companies, testing laboratories and many other possibilities. Look for more detailed jobs information within the chemistry jobs section, a few example types of jobs include:

  • Lab Assistant
  • Research Chemist
  • Chemical Analyst
  • Product Support
  • Quality Analyst
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative