Explore all the possibilities and prepare for a wide range of career options in the chemical sciences. Our department offers two undergraduate programs certified by the American Chemical Society to educate and equip you for a successful career in chemical sciences. We also offer a teaching track to prepare you for the high-school classroom. As you practice chemical reasoning, learn quantitative and instrumental analysis, and complete detailed studies of matter, you'll learn to use scientific knowledge for advanced innovation and global sustainability. When you graduate, you'll be ready to choose from a variety of career fields including research and development, manufacturing, law and policy, quality and regulatory control, environment and health, higher education, and high school teaching.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration 4 years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours 124 hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required
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Focus Your Passion

Our department offers four different tracks that cater to your research interests and career goals. Those who are pursuing graduate studies and professional programs are encouraged to earn an ACS-approved degree. Discover which program works best for you.

ACS Professional Track

Our ACS professional degree track is approved by the American Chemical Society and prepares you for a wide variety of careers in industry, government and education. You'll take additional courses in physical chemistry, biochemistry, advanced inorganic chemistry and instrumental analysis. When you graduate, you'll meet the criteria for a professional chemist as stated by the American Chemical Society.

ACS Certified with Biochemistry Emphasis

Combine your passion for medical discovery and STEM innovation with our biochemistry emphasis. Our program is certified by the American Chemical Society and prepares you for careers in health sciences, academia and chemical research. You’ll take additional courses in cell biology, biochemistry, advanced inorganic chemistry and instrumental analysis. When you graduate, you’ll meet the criteria for a professional chemist as stated by the ACS.

Note: We recommend this track to students interested in medical school.

Chemistry Teaching Emphasis

Take your knowledge to the high-school classroom with our teaching emphasis option. You’ll take additional courses in chemistry lab design, biology and advanced chemistry. Our combined education program also offers courses in learning process and development, project-based learning in STEM and pedagogy. When you graduate, you’ll be certified to teach at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

Chemistry (BS)

The chemistry degree offers a strong foundation in chemical sciences. Our comprehensive program provides the knowledge needed to continue graduate studies or pursue careers in the chemical and health care industry. While here, you’ll apply basic theories and practices of chemistry in the laboratory through our research opportunities.


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Our Community

Become a part of the STEM Education Alliance. Four departments have partnered together to provide you with the tools and resources needed to excel in education. Our program offers collegiate-level teaching and tutoring experiences through the Learning Assistant program. You'll also have access to several scholarships designed for STEM majors.


A degree in chemistry will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Develop adaptable skills you can apply to your scientific, medical or similar professional career.
  • Learn classical quantitative analysis and modern instrumental analysis theories and techniques that enable you to evaluate and solve problems in chemistry.
  • Acquire broad cultural knowledge as well as a thorough understanding of the basic sciences as a foundation for medical school.
  • Investigate the technologies, methods and practices that foster research, chemical reasoning and scientific breakthroughs.
  • Explore instrumentation and laboratory techniques with access to equipment for student research.
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As a chemistry student, you can branch into other fields of study at the graduate level or focus on a specific area of chemistry that matches your interest. You can become a highly valued scientist, providing companies with your knowledge and approach to problem-solving toward physical, life and applied sciences. Graduates are well-positioned to transition quickly when internship and job opportunities present themselves.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Clinical Research Scientist
Chemical Technician
Chemical Engineer

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

Internship opportunities

Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Although not required for your degree, internships are an important part of your education experience. These are just a few of the companies that partner with Career Development and offer opportunities for A&M-Commerce chemistry students.

What You Will Learn

Through challenging, fast-paced coursework and collaboration with accomplished peers, our programs prepare you for specific jobs such as research chemist, quality control analyst, medical technologist, teacher and laboratory supervisor in a wide range of sectors and organizations.

Courses to Prepare You for Your Career

  • Foundation courses include general and organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry
  • Supporting courses include advanced calculus and physics

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Student Organizations

Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society

The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society brings together students interested in chemical sciences and enriches their academic experience. You do not have to be a chemistry major to join. The Student Affiliates sponsor guest speakers, social events, field trips, tutoring services, revenue-generating events and various other activities throughout the academic year.

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Undergraduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.

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  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011



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