Chemistry students learn to think critically about the atomic structure of physical matter and interpret how it changes. The major requires a strong interest in inquiry and offers a strong overview of chemistry laboratory techniques. The major offers two concentrations that are required to match with the student’s specific career goals and interests. An ACS certified degree concentration is ideal for students wanting to enroll in a chemistry graduate program and aspire to be in the research field or a university professor. The second concentration is a Non-ACS degree that is ideal for those wishing to prepare for a career in the health professions. Choosing between them is required for each student.

Common employers

  • City of Fort Collins
  • Colorado National Guard
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Poudre School District
  • Precision Water Resource Engineering
  • Woodward

Common job titles

  • Lab Technician/Technologist
  • Chemist
  • Laser Engineering Technician
  • ORISE Fellow
  • Process Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician
  • High School Teacher

Factors of success

  • Engagement with the CSU Career Center
  • Internship or research involvement
  • GPA
  • On campus employment

For more information visit the Department of Chemistry’s website:

Career checklist

  • Update your resume and/or CV. 
  • Present research at CSU:
  • Attend a mock interview session at the Career Center to prepare for the job search or graduate school interviews. 
  • Attend many networking events to meet employers and increase your chances of landing a job. 
  • Ask three professors and/or employers to be professional references. 
  • You may continue to use the Career Center for guidance! All services are still available to you at no cost for one year after graduation and for a small fee after that.