Chemistry is the study of itty-bitty things called molecules and how they bond together to make, well, everything. Chemistry majors need a bachelor’s degree at least to do them any good, though a master’s is needed if they want to do any research.
Chemistry majors really enjoy the sciences. They also like math, and can whip out some pretty big equations when needed. And even the most straight-faced Chemistry major will admit, they think it’s pretty cool when things in the lab blow up.
To be a successful Chemistry major, you’ll need to be very detail oriented. You’re working with minuscule measurements in your equations, and being just a tiny bit off makes a huge difference. Chemistry majors also have a good memory. They have to memorize a lot of stuff, like the entire Periodic Table of Elements.
If the idea of spending hours in a laboratory wearing goggles and pouring solutions back and forth in a beaker drives you batty, you will be bored stiff as a Chemistry major.
Some people think moles are furry creatures or else government leaks. Chemistry majors know them as something else entirely. You’ll learn about things like covalent bonds and ionic bonds, positive and negative charges, chemical reactions and everything else. And you’ll spend lots of time in the lab examining samples and creating your own reactions.
There are chemicals everywhere, so Chemistry majors have a lot of options. Some work in pharmaceuticals, while others research nanotechnology. Chemistry majors sometimes go on to medical school or work in hospital laboratories. Others teach science at the high school level.
If you haven’t already, check out a Mole Day celebration. Chemistry majors past and present can throw a wild party to celebrate Mole Day. If you can share your own enthusiasm for the not-yet-widely-recognized holiday you might have an in with the program admissions folks.
Find out what your professors are researching on the side and plead for a chance to help out. Even if you’re just scrubbing beakers or putting out fires, the chance to help with a research project as an undergraduate student is a very big deal.