Chemistry

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You’re curious why matter behaves the way it does.  You seek out scientific answers through play and experimentation.  You want to contribute to new discoveries that make the world a better place. In the Chemistry Program at California State University Channel Islands (CI), you’ll explore and grow as a scientist through hands-on experiential learning and research, an encouraging, student-focused environment, dedicated and inspiring faculty, and a rigorous education in the fundamentals of chemistry.

We offer:

Majors

Minor

Minor in Chemistry

Certificate

Certificate in Chemistry

Your program

The Chemistry Department at CI is dedicated to seeing you succeed. You will be highly engaged in class and in all aspects of university life. Undergraduate research is at the core of our values in the chemistry department—you will learn science by doing science. You will solve problems, think critically, disseminate scientific information, read current scientific literature, as well as experience a rigorous course of study in the fundamental concepts of chemistry.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry will help prepare you for work in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry, or for admission to graduate school in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry offers broad preparation in the chemical sciences and can serve as the depth of study necessary for securing a Single Subject Credential in Science for teaching at the high school and middle school levels.

The Minor in Chemistry provides non-majors with the Chemistry background needed to pursue graduate study or a career in an interdisciplinary field.

Your future

You’ll be well-prepared to excel in a professional program (i.e., medical, veterinary, dentistry, or pharmacy school), graduate school in Chemistry or Biochemistry, and in the academic, private, or public sectors in a variety of roles.

Top careers include:

  • Agricultural Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Lab Technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician / Radiologist
  • Professor / Teacher
  • Science Writer
  • Scientist
  • Veterinarian

Your future income

Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics to learn more about the outlook for your future career.