The Chemistry Department at BGSU offers a broad-based, rigorous education that provides students with intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals. Chemistry majors study matter at the molecular level and apply molecular principles to design and synthesize new materials, as well as to characterize and quantify their macroscopic properties.
Internships and Careers
Undergraduate chemistry students have the opportunity to work with faculty members and graduate students on research projects, which often lead to publications in professional journals and presentations at regional or national meetings.
Our graduates have been hired by companies such as NAMSA, Sherwin-Williams, Procter & Gamble, Wacker Chemical Corporation, ProMedica, Charles River Laboratories and the Bureau of Land Management.
Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate
$42,403* — Chemistry graduates average starting salary according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers
100% of Chemistry graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation
(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)
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College of Arts and Sciences Admissions
Students planning to study chemistry or biochemistry should have taken a year of high school chemistry. They should also have a strong background in mathematics, including a year of calculus if possible.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in chemistry are expected to:
- Exhibit a sound grasp of the basic ideas and the scope of modern chemistry, including newly evolving fields;
- Develop strong problem solving skills including logical, mathematical, and computational techniques, as well as the use of models, to effectively plan projects and critically analyze experimental results;
- Personally carry out laboratory procedures and develop modern laboratory skills, including proficiency in basic techniques and experience with a wide range of laboratory instruments;
- Demonstrate critical professional and personal skills, including independent thinking, communication skills, the ability to work effectively within groups, and a commitment toward continuous learning.
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.
Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Chemistry program does not lead to professional licensure.
The chemistry degree is eligible for certification by the American Chemical Society with appropriate selection of chemistry elective courses.
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
The Chemistry program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.
* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.