Chemists & Biochemists look for new ways to use substances in practical ways like the clothes we wear, the food we eat, and the house in which we live. In fact, most things that help make our lives better are the result of work done by chemists or biochemists. Their research has resulted in the development of many new and improved products, ranging from authentic-looking “fake” leather to self-adhesive note pads.
What's Unique about this Degree: As a VU Chemistry major, you’ll use laboratory equipment such as burettes and pipettes, along with digital balances, gas chromatography, infrared spectrophotometer, and other electronic equipment that you many have only seen or heard about. You’ll use computer analysis and experience other procedures through computer simulations.
Good to Know: Chemical scientists are much in demand for research and teaching in universities and for research and development in chemical and pharmaceutical industries, medical laboratories, state and federal governments because the graduates acquire an outstanding range of skills in mathematical competence, problem-solving, data handling, analysis, observation, team working, communication and report writing that employers value greatly.
Who is this degree for: Chemists work in a variety of environments from a laboratory, to academia, to an industry. The chemistry degree is a general associate's degree that can be the start of many different majors upon transfer to a baccalaureate institution. This major may take you in a variety of directions in career choices - food scientist, chemical technician, forensic scientist and more.