- Offered as:
- Graduate program
Chemistry is the branch of science that studies the nature and characteristics of substances and the changes they undergo. Being concerned with the building blocks of all materials—atoms and molecules—chemistry is fundamental to most scientific disciplines and technology.
Specialization tracks available
- Strengths of the program
- Learn from a faculty of recognized scientists who provide opportunities for students to conduct independent research and present work at national meetings. Chemistry majors are required to participate in research.
- WSU’s chemistry department is one of the premier research programs in nuclear and radiochemistry.
- Faculty publish their research in journals and attract more than $6 million in external funding each year.
- The department has produced several winners of the prestigious national Goldwater Scholarship.
- Graduates have a high success rate in landing employment and being accepted into recognized graduate and professional schools.
- The department is nationally known for its excellent undergraduate preparation and state-of-the-art lab facilities.
- Students can join a math, science, and engineering residence hall and share classes with neighbors, study together, and use the hall’s computer lab.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For students in chemistry
The College of Arts and Sciences awards more than $50,000 in scholarships each year. For more information, see the CAS scholarships page.
The Department of Chemistry awards tens of thousands of dollars each year in departmental scholarships to our undergraduate students. The department also hires many work-study students to work in laboratories.
- Suggested strengths, interests, and preparation
Recommended preparation for college chemistry:
- Essential high school preparation includes writing, mathematics, and science through the chemistry level.
- Calculus and advanced chemistry are highly recommended.
- Students should take two years of a foreign language in high school, which will also meet a WSU graduation requirement.
Learn more about chemistry
To learn more about chemistry, visit the American Chemical Society website.
- Careers in chemistry
What you can do with a degree in Chemistry
• Medical professions
• Science teaching
• Chemical engineering
• Industrial research and development
• Research chemistry
• Industrial sales, marketing, and technical service
• Government laboratory chemistry
• Forensic science
• Science writing
• Medical and pharmaceutical sales and research
• Local, state, federal, and international law enforcement
Skills you can market with a degree in Chemistry
• Mathematical and analytical skills
• Problem-solving skills
• Ability to operate scientific equipment
• Attention to detail
• Awareness of the ethical implications of science
• Strong mathematical skills
• Time management and organization skills
• Written and oral communication and ability to share research findings via written reports and oral presentations
• Ability to assimilate scientific theories and arguments for discussion and debate
• Ability to systematically record chemical properties
• Ability to use computer software/models for processing data