Chemistry, BS

At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: Substantial program math intensity substantial
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 270 - Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I

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Chemists investigate matter to help solve important societal problems. In this chemistry program, you will develop the skills to find global solutions in the fields of medicine, energy, technology, environmental quality and more.

Program Description

In the BS program in chemistry, students take courses that give them the knowledge and skills to solve problems at the atomic and molecular levels in areas as diverse as energy and sustainability, new materials for technology, medicine and health, nanoscience, environmental science, forensics, cosmetics and food chemistry.

The Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society, and it prepares students for advanced study of chemistry and material science in competitive graduate degree programs. More information about the American Chemistry Society accreditation can be found on their website:

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Biochemistry (Medicinal Biochemistry)

Set yourself up for sustained success in medical school, pharmacy school or other higher education in the health care professions by taking advanced graduate coursework, gaining research experience and earning both your BS and MS degrees in five years.

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Materials Science and Engineering

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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

A degree in chemistry provides the background for careers in chemical and electronics industries, in national research labs, environmental labs and forensic labs. Chemistry can be combined with law for patent work, with economics for sales and marketing careers, and with computer science for careers in information technology. Students often take Bachelor of Science in chemistry degree programs to become competitive applicants for admission to medical, dental or pharmacy schools.

Chemists conduct both research and routine work in laboratories; they study the environment; they work in manufacturing, sales and marketing; they work in the public sector deciding policy and regulation; and they teach.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Chemical Plant and System Operators

  • Growth: -3.2%
  • Median Salary*: 82670

Chemical Technicians

  • Growth: 3.2%
  • Median Salary*: 50840


  • Growth: 6.2%
  • Median Salary*: 80670
  Bright Outlook

Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.5%
  • Median Salary*: 80720

Climate Change Policy Analysts

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: 76480
  Bright Outlook

Forensic Science Technicians

  • Growth: 12.6%
  • Median Salary*: 63740
  Bright Outlook

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

  • Growth: 1%
  • Median Salary*: 62360

Water Resource Specialists

  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: 144440
  Bright Outlook

Materials Scientists

  • Growth: 5.1%
  • Median Salary*: 104380
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 2.6%
  • Median Salary*: 132750

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

When studying abroad, chemistry students can gain valuable experience in a diverse set of programs, and they acquire heightened skills in communication, critical thinking and leadership which will enable them to stand out competitively in their chosen field. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses while staying on track for graduation.

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