Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry degree at Wayne State University offers a strong background for a career or graduate study in chemistry. With outstanding research opportunities and your choice of a biochemistry, materials or general chemistry concentration, you refine your understanding of this evolving field of science.

Why Wayne State’s chemistry major?

  • Choose a concentration suited to your career or graduate study goals.
  • Graduate faster through the Gateway to the Sciences Program.
  • Lead exciting chemistry research independently or with the help of an experienced mentor across 150+ research areas.

What is chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of matter and its changing properties. As matter makes up every aspect around us, learning about chemistry is vital to our understanding of the world. Because the field of chemistry divides into five major branches (organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biological), chemistry majors choose a concentration to hone their knowledge of the profession.

Organizations primarily hire chemistry graduates to work in labs, research companies or manufacturing companies to build and improve products.

Learning objectives

Wayne State’s chemistry majors:

  • Establish a solid foundation of the fundamentals of chemistry.
  • Effectively conduct independent research and create reports for the workplace.
  • Build the groundwork for graduate school or careers across a variety of industries.
  • Develop broad knowledge in the five areas of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biological.

Chemistry program requirements and curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program requires 120 credits for degree completion. To meet this requirement, complete the following:

Additionally, all chemistry majors must choose one of the following three options for their chemistry concentration:

  • General chemistry (option one): This option follows the standard chemistry major requirements.
  • Biochemistry (option two): The biochemistry concentration is suited for students looking to enter healthcare or research.
  • Materials (option three): The materials concentration is ideal for students looking to enter a career in engineering.

Explore the chemistry program requirements


While several courses depend on your concentration, learn about the following fascinating topics to meet your chemistry major requirements:

  • Algebra
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Calculus
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry

Hands-on chemistry research

Research is an integral component of your B.S. in Chemistry. To ensure you are ready for your career or graduate school, complete a minimum of one semester of original research followed by a research report. 

If you wish to meet this research requirement on campus, you can do so through our advanced Lumigen Instrument Center. Here, you have access to equipment like X-rays, spectrometers and electron microscopes.

Learn more about undergraduate research as a chemistry major or choose a research area by faculty member.

Direct path to your M.A. or M.S. in Chemistry

Eligible chemistry majors may simultaneously enroll in the Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program to quickly earn their B.S. in Chemistry and their M.A. in Chemistry.

Students interested in earning their M.S. in Chemistry must apply directly to the Ph.D. in Chemistry program.

Phi Beta Kappa Society

Wayne State University is proud to hold a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society chapter. Students interested in joining this honors society should consult with the Wayne State University chapter or academic advisor to determine the maximum number of chemistry credits allowed.

Honors program

Looking to graduate with honors? Learn about our chemistry honors program.

Minor in biochemistry and chemical biology

The Department of Chemistry offers a Minor in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, which complements the biochemistry concentration.

Chemistry bachelor’s degree career outlook

Chemistry graduates are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of chemists and material scientists will increase 6% through 2031.

A Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry instills skills in scientific research, data analysis, problem solving and critical thinking. All these skills empower you to jumpstart your career after graduation. 

While most students enter K-12 education, healthcare, government or research, your chemistry degree equips you for the following additional industries:

  • Agricultural
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical

Financial aid and tuition

To greatly reduce the cost of tuition, the Department of Chemistry awards several scholarships — based on need and scholastic achievement — specifically to chemistry majors.

The Department also provides ample funding to students who choose to continue to pursue graduate studies at Wayne State University.

Learn more about Wayne State University’s B.S. in Chemistry

Prepare for an inspiring scientific career in material engineering, biochemistry, education and more by enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Wayne State University.

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.

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